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Lord Discusses UIA Fraud with Traverse City Record Eagle

From the Traverse City Record Eagle - TRAVERSE CITY --- Software once used by Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency erroneously accused tens of thousands of people who filed for benefits of intentional misrepresentation, and one attorney fears there could be many more. The Michigan Integrated Data Automated System had a 93 percent error rate in 22,427 supposed fraud cases it auto-adjudicated between October 2013 and Aug. 4, 2015, and 20,965 of those were later overturned. That's according to UIA data reported to U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich. Levin has asked the state to review the remaining 30,000 fraud determinations made during the same time period, once in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder and again in December. In a statement he said the review needs to go beyond a small subset of the cases, and while a few thousand have been repaid after being incorrectly fined, only a full audit will determine if the problem has been solved.   Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Attorney Jennifer Lord said she represents claimants who are suing in state court after being financially harmed by MiDAS' "golden touch." There's a separate class-action suit over the same issue in federal court. The software, once left in charge of rooting out fraud cases, pinpointed people with discrepancies in their files and notified them they were suspected of fraud, Lord said. Those notifications went into online system portals with little or no other notice, and gave claimants 10 days to respond. Those who responded were given fact-finding questionnaires with vague questions and predetermined responses, Lord said. "For the question, 'Why did you apply for unemployment,' one of the preselected answers is, 'Because I needed the money,'" she said. "If they answered 'I needed the money,' it was an automatic final determination of fraud."       Read the entire story here.

Saru Jayaraman, Advocate for Restaurant Workers, to Deliver Keynote Address at March 18 Annual Dinner of Michigan for Coalition for Human Rights

Saru Jayaraman, Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, will be the keynote speaker at the March 18 annual dinner of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. "Saru has done outstanding work on wage equality and workplace harassment issues. We're excited to have her as our keynote speaker this year," said PMP&R co-founding partner Cary McGehee, who is the long-time Chair of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.

We Salute AG Angela Povilaitis

The entire nation and people around the world watched in shock this past week as 160 women courageously stepped forward in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Ingham County courtroom to address Larry Nasser and describe to him and the world what...

Megan Bonanni cited in Detroit Free Press

Co-counsel Megan Bonanni and Jennifer McManus were cited in Detroit Free Press coverage of their class action lawsuit filed against Sundance, Inc. for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act: Detroit Free Press -- "500 Joing Wage...

Jennifer Lord was cited in Metro Times

Jennifer Lord was cited in Metro Times on the history of the UIA's false fraud accusations and plans for a Victim Compensation Fund.  Metro Times--"Snyder's Other Huge Atrocity".  Click Here