UIA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT-WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  

In a recently filed Class Action Complaint, Blanchard & Walker clients allege Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency is illegally assessing “overpayments” and initiating collection activity against a broad class of UIA claimants who relied on pandemic unemployment assistance in 2020 and 2021.   The lawsuit seeks injunctive and other relief to recover for unlawful actions that violate the due process rights of UI claimants.

UPDATE 5/1/2022: HEARING SCHEDULED ON PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION MOTION. The Michigan Court of Claims has scheduled the hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction for May 17, 2022 at 1pm in the Lansing Hall of Justice.  The hearing will be held in person and is open to the public.

UPDATE 3/10/2022:  Our Motion for Preliminary Injunction is now on file and available here.  We are seeking a temporary halt on all collections UI claimants impacted by the challenged illegal Agency actions.  There is no word yet on when a hearing on the Motion will be held.

UPDATE 3/08/2022: In recent development, the Agency has announced a temporary halt on new collections, until May 7, 2022.  Current collections do no appear to be suspended.  We continue to fight against unlawful collections activities. Although we hope for the best, recent reporting has suggested the Unemployment Agency will not be able to make good on the waivers as promised.

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RECENT FILINGS IN UIA OVERPAYMENT CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT:

Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction Pleadings:

Michigan Unemployment Agency Motion to Dismiss the Class Action Lawsuit Pleadings:

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The lawsuit alleges three practices of the Agency are unlawful:

  • UI claimants who received “Monetary Redeterminations” retroactively reducing or cancelling UI benefits more than a year after the original Monetary Determination.
  • UI claimants who were assessed overpayments and suffered collection activity before Agency Review for whether the overpayments were a result of agency error.
  • UI claimants who are facing collection notices, garnishments, and other collection activity while protest and appeals remain pending.

The full complaint in Saunders v. Unemployment Insurance Agency is available here.  Potentially hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are impacted.  If you believe that you may be impacted by one or more of these practices, you may complete a short survey to provide your information.  Then we can reach out if your assistance is needed.

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Depending on your location and income level, you may qualify for representation or counseling from one or more of the following groups offering UI representation:

You may consider filing a report regarding your UIA experience to the Attorney General’s office here.

If you would like to notify Governor Whitmer’s office of your UIA experience, you may do so here.

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