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Free Press Covers $6.5m Deja Vu Class Action Featuring Bonanni

A federal judge in Detroit on Monday overruled objections filed by several exotic dancers and approved a $6.5-million national settlement of a class action brought against the D©j Vu chain of strip clubs, alleging unfair labor practices. "The proposed settlement offers value to the class in the form of cash, rent credit or dance fee payments, and long-term structural changes to defendants' business practices, all of which directly benefit class members," U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy said in a 25-page opinion. Co-counsel for plaintiffs were Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers attorney Megan Bonanni and Jason Thompson and Jesse Young of Sommers Schwartz. The case centered on whether the dancers are employees or independent contractors --- a classification that affects issues such as whether the clubs must pay them a minimum hourly wage or can instead charge them for doing business inside the clubs. The suit alleged the dancers were wrongly treated as independent contractors who were charged rent to perform, instead of employees who must be paid an hourly wage and provided a free workplace and other benefits. You can read the entire story 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...