U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman spanks state on welfare cutoff

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman stopped the state from cutting off 41,000 on state support because the state didn’t give them the requisite 90 days of notice that their benefits were ending.

A federal judge accused the state of “sleight of hand” Tuesday and ordered a halt to Michigan’s plan to end welfare benefits to nearly 41,000 residents.

The state failed to give proper notice to those it planned to cut off, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman determined after a hearing Tuesday.

The stoppage is only temporary as the state need only give the proper notice of the new policy, which went into effect on October 1, before it ends benefits to those affected.

The judge’s order requires the state to send new notices that must include a copy of a policy that the state is using to justify the change.

The original Sept. 11 notices didn’t include the new policy, which wasn’t made public until Oct. 1 — long after the nine days recipients had to request a hearing for an exception to the unpublished new rules.

Borman granted class status to the people affected by the law.

Judge tosses bias suit against airline

A judge on Thursday ruled in favor of American Airlines in a lawsuit by five men of Iraqi descent who claimed their nationality caused a captain to cancel a flight to Chicago in 2007.

Capt. John Plummer’s decision to return to the gate in San Diego was not “arbitrary and capricious,” a key legal standard in the case, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said.

“The fact that the individuals who engaged in the suspicious conduct were of Middle Eastern/Iraqi descent does not support the conclusion that the decision to return to the gate was race-based rather than fact-based,” Borman wrote.

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