Detroit Legal Services Alleges Misconduct, Fraud in
Social Security Administration, Files Class Action Lawsuit

Contact: Heidi Lovy

DETROIT, Mich., November 24, 2015 – Detroit Legal Services (DLS) has filed a class action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration and the Livonia, Mich. Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), asserting that both are using an unfair system of assigning judges to cases that creates the appearance of certain attorneys being given favored judges. DLS will also seek an investigation by the United States Attorney General into claims that these entities are obstructing due process.

The complaint, filed November 24, 2015 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, contends that the Livonia ODAR office does not appear to be following the rules and regulations of the Social Security Administration with regard to the methodology of scheduling of cases.

In representing this group of clients, Detroit Legal Services President Joshua Moore learned of the Livonia ODAR office’s irregular and unconstitutional way of assigning cases to judges. Instead of assigning cases randomly, or any other acceptable manner under the Due Process Clause, this office has unilaterally decided to use an unfair system unlike any method used by other hearing offices in the United States, according the complaint.

The complaint also states that the scheduling process by the Livonia ODAR creates an appearance or perception of fraud and criminal activity because of the irregular activity and the appearance of certain attorneys being given favored judges.

“There is an obvious lack of transparency in this office’s decision making process,” said Moore. “Our first priority is fair outcome for our clients’ Social Security disability cases, and we don’t feel like that is being allowed to happen here. We look forward to assurance that this office agrees to uphold their duties under the U.S. Constitution.”

Detroit Legal Services is a sought-after, nationwide expert in HIV/AIDS legal matters. Through its specialized national HIV/AIDS Project, DLS has successfully used its expertise and resources to provide personalized legal services for more than 300 clients to date who have found themselves struggling within the system. The firm, headquartered in Detroit, proudly gives 10 percent of its earnings back to the community via donations to HIV/AIDS nonprofit organizations.