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Lord Cited in Detroit News/ WZZM TV Stories Regarding UIA Shakeup

From Detroit News Lansing --- The director of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has been reassigned after a shocking review revealed that an automated computer system made more than 20,000 fraud claims against out-of-work residents that were later overturned on review. Sharon Moffett-Massey has been reassigned to serve on special projects, Talent Investment Agency Director Wanda M. Stokes said Thursday as she unveiled a three-point plan to address unemployment agency "challenges." Bruce Noll, TIA's legislative liaison, will serve as acting assistant director and oversee the unemployment agency during a national replacement search. The shakeup comes as Gov. Rick Snyder considers whether to sign a bill that would free the state to spend $10 million from an unemployment security fund. Critics argue the fund should not be touched because it includes penalty collections from people wrongly accused of fraud. Jennifer Lord of Pitt McGehee Palmer @ Rivers, the lead attorney in a class-action lawsuit against the state, said some claimants were erroneously slapped with compounding penalty and interest bills as high as $100,000. "Almost everybody had the same story," Lord said. "They didn't hear from the state at all. They didn't know they were being accused of fraud. They didn't have an opportunity to defend themselves, and then they would either get a bill for some outrageous amount ... or they'd get a garnishment notice from their employer or get their tax refund seized." You can read the entire Detroit News Story here Jennifer Lord was also cited in WZZM TV Coverage in Kalamazoo

PMP&R Host Flint Water Community Information Meeting

On April 24, 2017, the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team held an informational meeting for the Flint community at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Flint. Throughout the night, Flint residents and other attendees spoke with...

NewsChannel 3 Discusses UIA Fraud with Lord

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Pitt Awarded Distinguished Service Award by State Bar

From Detroit Legal News Michael Pitt has been selected for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Labor & Employment Section. Pitt is co-founding partner of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, one of...

The Bridge Looks at UIA Fraud and Cites Lord

From the Bridge - the Center for Michigan February 7, 2917 A few days after a federal judge issued a Jan. 11 order commanding the state to “suspend all collection activity” against thousands of Michigan workers tagged with unemployment fraud,...

Detroit News Covers Pitt Led Flint Suit Against EPA

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “mishandling” of the city’s water crisis in a legal action seeking more than $722.4 million in damages. The...

Crain's Interviews Lord in UIA Review Story

From Crain's Detroit Weekly January 6, 2017 LANSING — The state's embattled unemployment agency said Friday it will review all computer-identified claims of benefits fraud — more than 30,000 — that until now have not been re-examined after...

Jennifer Lord Speaks to WNYC About What's Next for UIA

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Jennifer Lord spoke to John Hockenberry at WNYC in NY. A summary is below. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency reviewed over 20,000 instances where the state accused citizens of fraudulently seeking...

ABA: Who's To Blame for Poisoning of Flint Water?

For LeeAnne Walters, the first sign of trouble came in the summer of 2014, when her 4-year-old son Gavin developed rashes after coming into contact with the water. In July, Gavin and his twin, Garrett, both suffered scaly patches of skin that...