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Lord Tells MPR that State UIA Settlement is a "Drop in the Bucket"

From Michigan Public Radio The state has admitted it made a whopping mistake when it accused tens of thousands of Michiganders of cheating on their unemployment benefits. The Unemployment Insurance Agency reviewed 62,784 cases where people were accused of fraud and hit with penalties. In some 44,000 of those cases, that accusation was completely false -- no fraud took place. Attorney Jennifer Lord joined Stateside today. She has filed a class-action suit on behalf of people who were falsely accused of unemployment fraud. She said the refunds the state is issuing now "doesn't come anywhere near close to compensating people." "It's important to know that while this might be a small step forward, what the agency is doing, that $21 million is a drop in the bucket," she said, "and that can be demonstrated by the state's own audited financial statements." Listen to the NPR interview 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...