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Lord Cited in WZZM 13 Story as Michigan UIA Reassigns Two Dozen Managers

LANSING, MICH. - Leaders at the embattled Unemployment Insurance Agency in Michigan announced Wednesday they are reassigning close to two dozen managers to try to improve customer service in the field. The state's Talent Investment Agency oversees the UIA. The TIA's director Wanda Stokes says the changes are being made "to expand the number of experienced people working in the field directly with its customers." Most of the moves we are told involve Workforce Development Agency employees. Stokes told the 13 Watchdog team back in January she was going to do a "top to bottom" review of the agency. She reassigned former UIA director Sharon Moffett-Massey and intends to hire a new leader over the next couple of months.   The Unemployment Insurance Agency recently indicated it reviewed more than 20,000 fraud cases and more than 90 percent of them had been overturned in favor of the claimant. Millions of dollars are expected to be returned because of that suggesting all of these changes needed to be made. The lead attorney on the lawsuits, Jennifer Lord of Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers, says there are approximately 60,000 people as part of the class action lawsuits against the UIA. Many of those claimants were the ones complaining that money was wrongly confiscated through the garnishment process. They are now having to wait through a lengthy court process to get their money back. "It was not (the state's) money to take," Lord said. You can see the entire WZZM 13 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...

Robin Wagner Joins PMP&R as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Robin Wagner has joined our firm as an associate. Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin...