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Michigan Judge Approves $20M Settlement for Jobless Claimants Falsely Accused of Fraud

More than 3,000 Michiganders falsely accused of unemployment fraud are in line for a share of a $20 million settlement finalized this week in the state Court of Claims.

The final order from Judge Douglas Shapiro caps a nearly nine-year legal battle that twice reached the Michigan Supreme Court.

And it closes a “sad chapter in Michigan history” that began more than a decade ago when an automated computer system started falsely accusing jobless residents of fraud, said Michael Pitt, an attorney for plaintiffs.


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