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Michigan residents mistakenly accused of unemployment fraud, winning the main court decision



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DETROIT – Residents who were wrongly accused of cheating on Michigan the unemployment programs have won the main court day because the Supreme Court has set a favorable term for people who have to file lawsuits against disastrous computer systems and enforced

The court reported that the victims have the right, if they have filed a claim, or notice of the claim, within six months after the loss of earnings paycheck or refund. The judges unanimously revoked the decision of the Court of Appeal, which broke the hopes of thousands of people with another interpretation of the six-month window.

An automated computer system used by the then government. The administration of Rick Snyder was in disarray. People were accused of fraud to get help without work, which was based exclusively on computers. They were forced to pay the money, along with substantial fines, and some even were forced to bankrupt. nervous saga Lawyer Jennifer Lord said that 40,000 definitions of fraud were eventually abolished.

Attorneys representing the Snyder unemployment insurance agency last fall argued that the six-month filing date was withdrawn when a fraud notification was received. But the Supreme Court, in its decision of 6: 0, said that the clock began to tickle later when people saw that their money had been withdrawn.

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The case will now be returned to the Court of Appeal, where the employment agency can make other arguments to avoid liability. It is not clear, however if the agency makes such arguments. The new Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel, represents the department and expressed its support for people who were unfairly accused of fraud.
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