Jennifer Lord Named to 2016 Women in the Law

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Jennifer Lord has been selected as one of 2016 Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Lord was honored September 16 at the legal newpaper’s seventh annual luncheon and awards celebrating those who “have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community.” Lord and her fellow awardees

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McGehee Named Vice Chair of Local US District Court Rules Committee

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Founding Partner Cary McGehee was named Vice-Chair of the Local Rules Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on June 6, 2016 for a one-year term. “The fact that the court has frequently adopted the Committee’s recommendations is an indication of the exemplary

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Lord Chosen by Crain’s as One of Detroit’s Top Litigators

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Jennifer Lord has been chosen as one of 14 Detroit area litigators featured in a recent Crain’s Detroit Business story on lead attorneys behind recent major court action. She was chosen based on her work leading the class action suit against the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. You can read the

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Free Press Discusses UIA Fraud with PMP&R’s Lord

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING, MI ‑‑ Months after Grand Rapids resident Jonna Ferguson stopped collecting unemployment in the mail, she got a letter saying she owned the state $20,000. “Opening a letter that says that I had defrauded the state of Michigan, it was shocking. It was like ‘what did I do, I

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McGehee and MCHR Prepare for Freedom Tour

From the Detroit Free Press Two dozen students wielded rakes, brooms and garbage bags Saturday as they cleaned up Viola Liuzzo Park in northwest Detroit. The group plans to travel in June to the Deep South, then spend a week touring sites of civil rights history including one that memorializes Liuzzo’s tragic death in 1965.

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Lord Lends UIA Fraud Insight to Crain’s Detroit Business

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Attorney Jennifer Lord was recently interviewed by Crain’s Detroit Business, discussing that “92 percent of (Unemployment Insurance) fraud didn’t do anything wrong.” You can read the entire Crain’s Story here.

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2016 Freedom Tour: PMP&R Backs 10-Day Civil Rights Trip for Students

This summer from June 19-29, 25 area high school students will be travelling via bus though the Deep South. As part of the 2016 Freedom Tour, these students will experience and learn the history of the U.S. civil rights movement through visits to its landmarks and institutions and multiple interactions with many who led, participated

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WSU Professor Awarded $300K in Age Discrimination Case

Wayne State University is appealing a jury verdict received by veterinary professor Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz in an age discrimination action handled by firm co-founder Michael Pitt. Earlier this year, a Wayne County Circuit Court jury awarded Dr. Hrapkiewicz $300,000 plus attorney fees and costs. Dr. Hrapkiewicz had been employed as a clinical veterinarian at Wayne

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Michigan DOC Cases Alleging Juvenile Sex Abuse Move Forward in Courts

Firm attorneys continue their efforts to obtain justice and monetary and injunctive relief in a class action brought in 2013 against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). Doe vs. MDOC, filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, involves a class of juveniles who have suffered sexual harassment by adult prisoners and guards while incarcerated in adult

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UIA Class-Action Picks up Steam Politically and in Media

In September 2015 firm attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The complaint, which was filed in the Michigan Court of Claims, alleges that the automated system used for detecting and adjudicating unemployment insurance fraud, falsely accuses thousands of innocent claimants. According to the lawsuit, the state’s reliance

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