Lord Cited in WZZM 13 Story as Michigan UIA Reassigns Two Dozen Managers

LANSING, MICH. – Leaders at the embattled Unemployment Insurance Agency in Michigan announced Wednesday they are reassigning close to two dozen managers to try to improve customer service in the field. The state’s Talent Investment Agency oversees the UIA.  The TIA’s director Wanda Stokes says the changes are being made “to expand the number of

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NewsChannel 3 Discusses UIA Fraud with Lord

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan lawmakers are working to figure out how tens of thousands of people on unemployment across Michigan were wrongly accused of fraud. On Monday the House Oversight Committee announced it had created a work group to look into the problem.  On Tuesday, Michigan Democrats unveiled their own proposal, this one aimed

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Pitt Awarded Distinguished Service Award by State Bar

From Detroit Legal News Michael Pitt has been selected for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor & Employment Section. Pitt is co-founding partner of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, one of the state’s largest firms specializing in civil and employment law. The award honors a lawyer who

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The Bridge Looks at UIA Fraud and Cites Lord

From the Bridge – the Center for Michigan February 7, 2917 A few days after a federal judge issued a Jan. 11 order commanding the state to “suspend all collection activity” against thousands of Michigan workers tagged with unemployment fraud, Jason Doss checked his bank account. It was business as usual. Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency,

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McGehee Tells Detroit News She Will Appeal Flint Suit Dismissal

Detroit News – February 3, 2017 A federal judge has dismissed a major class-action lawsuit from Flint residents over how the state handled changes in the city’s water. U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara dismissed the case involving Flint resident and activist Melissa Mays and several Flint families on Thursday, saying “allowing … claims to

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Pitt Featured in Huffington Post Coverage of Flint EPA Suit

Mary Papenfuss Trends reporter, The Huffington Post More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a class action lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing officials of “negligent” mismanagement of the city’s drinking water crisis. The suit, accusing the EPA of a critical failure to supervise local officials who allowed extraordinarily high levels of toxic lead

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Detroit News Covers Pitt Led Flint Suit Against EPA

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “mishandling” of the city’s water crisis in a legal action seeking more than $722.4 million in damages. The federal agency failed to respond to an administrative claim filed last year, clearing the way for Monday’s filing

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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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