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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Pitt Takes on Whistleblower Case for Judicial Watchdog

From Courthouse News DETROIT (CN) – The former head of Michigan’s judicial disciplinary board claims he was fired for recommending a formal complaint be filed against a child-jailing judge (Lisa Gorcyca), disagreeing with the view that she is “a good judge who had a bad day.” Paul J. Fischer began working for Michigan’s Judicial Tenure

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Pitt Sought by Media over Ruling Allowing Flint Residents to Sue State

From Detroit News A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Flint residents can indeed sue state officials for their decisions that led to the city’s drinking water contamination problems. Judge Mark T. Boonstra, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge who presides over the Court of Claims, said residents have provided sufficient facts in their

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Pitt Discusses Flint Water – ‘One Year Later’ with Fox 2

From Fox 2 Detroit Some progress has been made in Flint, the city is back on Detroit water millions of dollars have been earmarked. But the city’s water is still not safe to drink but for the average Flint resident, it does not seem like a year has made much of a difference. It has been

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Lord Featured in MLW Story on Whistleblowers Protection Act

Who listens when the whistle blows? WPA cases don’t always involve a firing By: Michigan Lawyers Weekly –  Agenique Smiley in News Stories September 21, 2016  MCL §15.62 of Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act (WPA) states that an employer “shall not discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against an employee regarding the employee’s compensation … privileges of employment because

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