State pushes for lawsuit dismissal amid Unemployment Insurance Agency backlash

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jul 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-13 21:54:21-04

MICHIGAN -- The FOX 17 Problem Solvers got a hold of the state's formal response to a pending federal lawsuit against the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.

Friday, the Michigan Attorney General's Office filed its formal response to the suit. It's 64 pages.

Among many claims, the AG's office says --

  • Plaintiffs in the case improperly asked for federal intervention
  • The state can't be sued in federal court under the 11th amendment (sovereign immunity)
  • The Unemployment Insurance Agency is simply following state law
  • No harm has been done
  • The protest, appeals, and hearing process works

The lead attorney who filed the lawsuit against the state, David Blanchard, said he is reviewing the state's response. The FOX 17 Problem Solvers will let you know what happens next.

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