Bonanni Featured in Metro Times/Free Press Taco Bell Suit Story

Update: Coverage from the Detroit Free Press A Livingston County company used various policies to avoid paying employees for time worked, a federal lawsuit alleges. A complaint filed in U.S District Court in Detroit claims Brighton-based Sundance Inc., which owns more than 170 Taco Bell locations in Michigan and five other states, willfully violated the Fair Labor

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Pitt Files Taco Bell Suit on Behalf of Michigan Employees

DETROIT, Jan. 24, 2016 – A lawsuit has been filed against a Michigan Taco Bell franchisor by several of its Michigan employees for multiple violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at several of its retail outlets in the Detroit area. The collective action complaint, filed here in U.S. District Court, names the Brighton-based

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Detroit News/Free Press Discuss Lack of UIA Resolution with PMP&R’s Lord

From the Detroit Free Press January 9, 2017 Although it did not come online until 2013, the State of Michigan used an error-prone computer system that has wrongly accused tens of thousands of people of unemployment insurance fraud to assess jobless claims dating to 2007, officials confirmed Monday. That means a significant number of Michigan residents falsely

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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 criticism from state auditors and a Michigan congressman that the practice was highly inaccurate. The Michigan Unemployment

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Lord Interviewed by Michigan Radio Discussing UIA Auditor Report

From Michigan Radio: A report from the state auditor general says Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency isn’t doing enough to collect the delinquent taxes from employers.   Some of those falsely accused of fraud have filed a class action lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2015, is currently in Michigan Court of Claims

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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

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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

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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 unemployment payments, forcing them to lose access to unemployment payments in many cases and levying fines up to $100,000.

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ABA: Who’s To Blame for Poisoning of Flint Water?

For LeeAnne Walters, the first sign of trouble came in the summer of 2014, when her 4-year-old son Gavin developed rashes after coming into contact with the water. In July, Gavin and his twin, Garrett, both suffered scaly patches of skin that peeled after bathing. Several months later, Walters noticed her hair was falling out

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Lord Shares Disgust with Free Press over State Tapping UIA Funds

LANSING — A bill  headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk transfers  $10 million in “surplus” unemployment insurance funds to help balance the state budget at the same time thousands of Michigan residents are claiming millions of dollars in benefits and penalties were unlawfully taken from them after the state wrongly accused them of unemployment insurance fraud. During their

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