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Lord Featured in Free Press UIA Story Questioning State's Ability to Admit Wrong

The most perplexing part about any of the lawsuits seeking redress against the State of Michigan for really screwing up the lives of hardworking, taxpaying residents, is why they're necessary in the first place. An automated system put in place by Gov. Rick Snyder falsely accused nearly 50,000 Michiganders who'd applied for unemployment benefits between 2013 and 2015 of fraud, using a flawed system that, fundamentally, presumed applicants were liars.The system also worked retroactively, reviewing cases in which benefits had already been paid dating to 2007, when the great recession caused unemployment claims to soar. And in 93% of the cases in which it determined fraud had occurred, a review of roughly half the cases has found thus far, it was wrong. Some have struggled to pay back tremendous debt; others have declared bankruptcy, only to find that the fraud debt owed to the state unemployment agency can't be discharged by a bankruptcy filing. Having a record of fraud or bankruptcy has meant problems obtaining housing, or finding work, says attorney Jennifer Lord of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, who is representing some victims of false fraud. 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...