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Carlson Speaks to WDET About History of ADA

WDET Radio program, "Detroit Today" with Stephen Henderson, talked to Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers attorney Kevin Carlson about the 25th anniversary of the signing of theAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The main points of their discussion included:

  • What was it?: Henderson calls the ADA the first comprehensive legislature that guaranteed the rights of people with disabilities. Carlson says the ADA's overall message was one of lawful inclusion, bringing people into society instead of blocking them out of it.
  • Why was it important?: Carlson says the ADA ended the legacy of dependence associated with people with disabilities. He says that where before they often spent most of their lives in the home, excluded from society, the ADA showed that people with disabilities have the same productivity and ability to contribute as much as everyone else.
  • Lasting effects: Carlson says one of the biggest successes of the ADA is that many of the public accommodations subsequently required have now become part of everyday life where we often take them for granted. He gives sidewalk ramps and countdown timers for pedestrian traffic signals as examples of the ways the ADA has woven itself into the fabric of American society.

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M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.