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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

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?

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Pitt Takes on Whistleblower Case for Judicial Watchdog

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McGehee Featured on WXYZ 7 Spotlight on the News

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Cary McGehee was a featured guest Sunday, September 4 on Chuck Stokes' WXYZ TV 7 "Spotlight on the News" program to discuss her mentorship and involvement in the 2016 Freedom Tour. You can see the entire...

Pitt Named VP of Washington Based Public Justice

Royal Oak, Mich., August 23, 2016 – Royal Oak attorney Michael Pitt was recently selected Vice President of Public Justice. Public Justice is a Washington, D.C.-based national public interest firm of 14 lawyers which fights injustices through...

Detroit News Covers Warren Whistleblower Lawsuit

From the Detroit News: Warren — A former city planner who resigned nearly two years ago is awaiting a federal judge’s decision on a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges Warren officials forced him out of the job. Kenneth Bouchard, who served as...

Lord Whistleblower Client's Case Aired on Fox 2

WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - He blew the whistle on his boss while working for the city of Warren, but claims he paid the price when he questioned what he believed was illegal activity. Meet Ken Bouchard. He worked for the city of Warren coordinating tax...