UIA Fraud Class-Action Continues to Gain Steam

In September 2015, firm attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The complaint alleges that the automated system used for adjudicating unemployment insurance fraud, falsely accused as many as 46,000 innocent claimants of fraud. Claimants were then slapped with quadruple penalties, interest on a debt they did not

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Flint WJRT TV, Saginaw WEYI and WNEM Cover PMPR Led Flint Water Meeting

FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) – (04/24/17) – A Flint mom –whose baby was born premature — is among those searching for answers about the lawsuits and the future of the Flint Water Crisis. Monday night we heard from attorneys who are working on these cases, one of the more recent is the 722 million dollar class action

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PMP&R Host Flint Water Community Information Meeting

On April 24, 2017, the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team held an informational meeting for the Flint community at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Flint. Throughout the night, Flint residents and other attendees spoke with representatives from the legal team about our class actions and representatives from community organizations about

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Lord Cited by WXYZ 7 and Detroit Free Press in Spranger Ethics Hearing Coverage

April 19, 2017 Both the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ 7 continued coverage reporting on a former top aide to embattled Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Karen Spranger, who told a county ethics board today that he has heard her refer to her employees as her “enemies” and painted her as a detached leader who created an

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Free Press Details Macomb County Whistleblower Suit with Lord

From the Detroit Free Press Two fired deputies of Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Karen Spranger say they witnessed a pattern of incompetent, unethical and unlawful behavior that left the clerk’s office “on the brink of collapse,” according to a whistle-blower lawsuit they filed. The former chief deputies, Paul Kardasz and Erin Stahl, allege they were fired in

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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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