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Key ruling keeps ­lawsuit alive over ­jobless fraud mess

DETROIT (AP) — A group of Michigan residents wrongly accused of fraud while collecting unemployment benefits has won a key ruling in a lawsuit against companies that designed or managed the automated system.

The lawsuit in Detroit federal court also targets some key state officials who were associated with the state’s unemployment agency.

Thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating Michigan’s unemployment system. Some had to file for bankruptcy.

Federal Judge David Lawson last week said a lawsuit can go forward on a variety of constitutional claims. He says there was “no conceivable rational basis” for terminating benefits, even after learning that the automated anti-fraud system was a bust.

A lawsuit in state court was dismissed. Gov. Rick Snyder has talked about creating a fund for victims.


ISIAL St. Patrick’s Day Parade Brunch set for March 11 at Mario’s

Don’t miss brunch with the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers from 10-11:45 a.m. Sunday, March 11 at Mario’s Restaurant, 4222 Second Avenue in Detroit. Mario’s is set to provide a top-notch brunch menu – complete with drink specials.

The event will feature Irish music presented by Cahill & Murphy. Emcees this year will be Michigan Court of Appeals Justice and former ISIAL President Mike Riordan, 31st District Court Judge Alexis Krot, and attorney Fred Lauck. This year’s parade Grand Marshals are Erin and Dave Keem.

Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, March 9 and are priced at $30 for ISIAL members; $35 for non-members; $10 for children (under 12); and $25 for law students. Adult brunches will be $40 at the door without advance reservation. Purchase tickets at http://irish-lawyers.org /upcoming-events/.

Shuttle service from Mario’s to and from the parade is available (for a small fee). The parade will start at 12:30 p.m. Shuttle to the Gaelic League and parade staging area leaves Mario’s at approximately 11:45 a.m. (for people marching) and 12:15 p.m. A shuttle bus will be located behind Gaelic League during the parade, with the last shuttle back to Mario’s at approximately 5 p.m. (or otherwise by reservation). In addition, a shuttle from the Gaelic League parking lot to Mario’s is available by reservation only starting at 9:30 a.m. For shuttle reservations, contact Tony Drake at (313) 680-8014. For more information, contact Gary Bresnehan at (313) 605-6266 or email: garybres@msn.com.


Snyder is studying ‘best practices’ to stop school shootings

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says his administration is studying “best practices” across the U.S. to combat gun violence in the wake of shootings at a Florida high school and at Central Michigan University.

The Republican governor hopes to make a proposal “relatively soon.”

He reiterates his support for “red flag” legislation that would let law enforcement or family members go to court to seek the removal of guns from dangerous people, “as long as it’s done with due process.” Snyder appears less open, however, to increasing Michigan’s minimum age to buy guns. It’s now age 18.

Snyder spoke to reporters Tuesday after signing a bill to upgrade 911 systems.

Numerous gun-related proposals are percolating in the Republican-led Legislature, such as arming trained teachers and potentially boosting funding for school security.


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