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Detroit Free Press/News, MLive, Michigan Radio, Feature Lord in UIA Update

[caption id="attachment_1744" align="alignleft" width="300"]PMP&R Attorney Jennifer Lord PMP&R Attorney Jennifer Lord[/caption] From the Detroit Free Press Michigan residents who say the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has put them through hell sat in a Detroit courtroom Friday and struggled to understand highly technical legal arguments that will determine whether they can seek damages against the state. Over a two-year period, the state falsely accused at least 20,000 --- and possibly more than 40,000 --- unemployment insurance claimants of committing fraud, after a $47-million computer system was allowed to run amok without human supervision. The agency has apologized, but is also pleading governmental immunity as it tries to block a class action by former claimants who suffered highest-in-the-nation quadruple penalties and aggressive collection techniques, such as wage garnishment and seizure of income tax refunds. If the harm didn't happen until the state seized money from the claimants, as Royal Oak attorney Jennifer Lord argues on behalf of the plaintiffs, then the lawsuit can proceed. Karl Williams of Lansing, who was accused of fraudulently receiving $9,000 in benefits and since has paid more than $50,000 to the state, said it's "complete garbage" that the state is fighting the lawsuit on technicalities. Lord said the case is "a rare example where a government basically committed theft against its own citizens" and made "millions and millions and millions of dollars" through what became "a cash cow." Read the Entire Free Press Story Here Hear and Read Michigan Radio Coverage Here Read Detroit News Coverage Here Read MLive Coverage Here  

Free Press Looks at UIA Data Glitch and Cites Lord

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING — Records obtained by the Free Press point to a major glitch in importing data into a $47-million computer system the Unemployment Insurance Agency used to detect claimant fraud, meaning the system often...

WSWS Covers UIA Decision and Shares Lord Reaction

A three-judge panel in the Michigan Appeals Court dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Michigan workers falsely accused of civil fraud in the notorious Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) “robo-fraud” scandal. In the July...

Free Press, News Bloomberg Cover UIA Fraud Decision

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is asking district court judges to dismiss 186 bench warrants issued against residents who were accused of unemployment fraud and failed to appear in court to face...

Fox 17 Features Lord in UIA Update Story

MICHIGAN -- A court hearing is scheduled Friday in Detroit for a class-action lawsuit against the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Three judges in the Court of Appeals are tasked with deciding whether the case moves forward. Regardless of the outcome,...

Legal News Covers Robin Wagner's Arrival at PMP&R

From the Legal News Robin Wagner has joined Royal Oak, Mich. law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. The announcement was made by firm co-founding partner Cary McGehee. “We’re pleased to announce that Robin has joined our law firm,” said...