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

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News, Free Press, Fox 17, AP Cover State UIA Refund Announcement

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency made nearly 48,000 false fraud accusations against jobless claimants over a roughly two-year period and is in the process of refunding affected residents more than $20.8 million. The Michigan Talent and Investment Agency, which oversees the unemployment division, announced Friday it has completed an extensive

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Pitt Selected as Interim Lead Counsel in Flint Water Suit

From Daily Business Review Their appointment came Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Judith E. Levy, but South Florida attorney Theodore “Ted” Leopold and Michigan litigator Michael Pitt have already spent thousands of hours on litigation over contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The high-powered litigators set up external war rooms and collected more than 1 million documents in a

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MIRS Quotes Pitt in Flint Federal Suit Court Reversal Coverage

From MIRS A major hurdle for civil federal Flint water crisis suits was cleared today, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the claims of constitutional violations brought by the plaintiffs in two major suits are not blocked by measures written into the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The two

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Pitt Featured in WJRT 12 in Flint Water Decision Coverage

Flint (WJRT) – (8/1/17) Thousands of people in Flint have joined a class action lawsuit that is trying to compensate them for the pain and suffering that have endured because of high levels of lead in their water. The two law firms involved in the class action lawsuit involving the Flint water emergency, Pitt McGehee

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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 accused people without having access to all the information it needed to make a fraud determination. The records,

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Free Press, News, NLJ, ABC Covers Pitt and Flint Lawsuit Go Ahead

From the Detroit Free Press The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a federal judge’s decision to dismiss two lawsuits filed by Flint residents over the contamination of their drinking water, saying parts of the lawsuits can proceed to trial. It’s a victory for Flint activist Melissa Mays and other plaintiffs. A three-judge panel

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Fox 2 Features McGehee, Rivers in Muslim Brose Dispute Story

WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) – Your religion or your job. That’s the decision more than a dozen local Muslim-Americans say they were forced to make by their employer. They kept their faith but lost their jobs. “They felt disrespected,” said attorney Cary McGehee. “They felt like they weren’t valued by the company and they felt insulted.” Hurt, shocked, upset and confused

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WWJ, Fox 2, Macomb Daily, Michigan Radio Feature McGehee in Brose Muslim Employee Dispute

DETROIT (WWJ) – The federal government is investigating claims by more than a dozen Muslim men who say they were asked to choose between their job and religion at a local company. The group of 16 Muslim men say they involuntarily resigned from a Warren auto supplier, after claiming their employer refused to accommodate their

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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 18 decision the court did not directly address the now undisputed fact that most of the millions of dollars

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