Statement from state Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) on today’s Michigan Supreme Court hearing for more than 40,000 victims of a faulty UIA system

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LANSING – Today, the Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Bauserman v. Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), the class-action suit brought forward by victims of the UIA’s MiDAS computer system’s false fraud accusations. MiDAS incorrectly flagged over 40,000 Michiganders for fraud between 2013 and 2015, resulting in financial hardships, wage garnishment and in some cases, bankruptcy. While the Michigan Court of Claims originally approved the suit, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has continued his legal challenge against the families affected. In response, state Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“The lives of thousands of Michiganders were shattered by false fraud accusations, forcing them to continue fighting to put back the pieces years later. I cannot imagine the agony these families suffer as they wait to see if the courts will give them the justice they deserve and the opportunity to rebuild their livelihoods, especially given that this could have been rectified years ago if not for Republican inaction. I hope these victims find relief from the courts where Michigan’s legislative majority has failed them.”

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