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Saunders v UIA Improper Collections Class Action

Kellie Saunders, et al. v State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, et al.

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If You Were Subject to to Improper Collection based on Agency Collection Activity on any Unemployment Insurance claim filed from March 1, 2020 to April 25, 2024, You Could be Eligible for a Payment from a Class Action Settlement

  • You may be eligible to receive a payment from a proposed $55,000,000 non-reversionary class action settlement (the “Qualified Settlement Fund”).
  • The class action lawsuit concerns Improper Collections based on Agency Collection Activity on any Unemployment Insurance claim filed from March 1, 2020 to April 25, Improper Collection means: money collected from a Class Member by any method: (a) while a timely protest or appeal, or a late protest or appeal with good cause, was pending, (b) after a claimant attempted to protest or appeal and was unable to access services, or (c) after a claimant submitted a protest or appeal that was not timely processed, never processed, or later deleted.
  • UIA denies any wrongdoing and denies that it has any liability but has agreed to settle the lawsuit on a classwide basis.
  • Eligible claimants under the Settlement Agreement will be eligible to receive one and/or two of the following Settlement benefits:
    • Reimbursement of Amounts Collected by Agency: All Settlement Class Members who certify eligibility may recover pro rata from the Net Common Fund based on their Common Fund award points. One Common Fund award point shall be awarded for each dollar collected by the Agency and not yet refunded.
    • Enhanced Award: All Settlement Class Members may be allowed to certify to one or more enhanced award factors that justify greater share of the Net Common Fund. Settlement Class Members electing to certify for an enhanced award will be required to submit at least one form of agreed upon documentation in order to qualify for an enhanced settlement award.
  • On this site, you can find more information and submit a claim. If you still have questions, you can call 1-866-499-4565 Monday through Saturday, between 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. E.T. or email at
  • Please read the notice carefully. Your legal rights will be affected, and you have a choice to make at this time.


Submit a Claim Form

The only way to receive payment.

Exclude Yourself By Opting Out of the Class

Receive no payment. This is the only option that allows you to keep your right to bring any other lawsuit against Defendant for the same claims if you are a Settlement Class Member.

Object to the Settlement and/or Attend the Final Approval Hearing

You can write to the Court about why you agree or disagree with the Settlement. The Court cannot order a different Settlement. You can also ask to speak to the Court at the Final Approval Hearing on March 20, 2025 about the fairness of the Settlement, with or without your own attorney

Do Nothing

Receive no payment. Give up rights if you are a Settlement Class Member.

  • Your rights and options as a Settlement Class Member – and the deadlines to exercise your rights – are explained in the notice.
  • The Court still will have to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Payments to class members will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and after any possible appeals are resolved.