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Detroit News Covers Pitt Led Flint Suit Against EPA

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the "mishandling" of the city's water crisis in a legal action seeking more than $722.4 million in damages. The federal agency failed to respond to an administrative claim filed last year, clearing the way for Monday's filing in U.S. District Court. In the 30-page complaint, the plaintiffs argue the EPA "failed to follow several specific agency mandates and directives governing its conduct" over Flint's municipal water system that became tainted with lead after corrosive river water flowed through its pipes. Among those alleged failings, the EPA: –Failed to immediately determine if local and state officials were taking the proper steps to address water contamination issues. –Failed to give "advice and technical assistance" to government entities that were not in legal compliance with the the Safe Water Drinking Act and compel remedies if they were not achieved within 30 days. "Despite notice of the danger a early as October 2014, the EPA failed to take the mandatory steps to determine that Michigan and Flint authorities were not taking appropriate action to protect the public from toxic water and failed to file the emergency ... action until January 2016," the complaint reads.

Michael Pitt, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said the $722.4 million claim is a cumulative figure representing total damages claimed for various property and health issues. "We have people --- they all have some type of injury --- whether it's a personal injury or a property damage claim, from lead poisoning to having their lives disrupted," he said. You can read the entire story here

Crain's Interviews Lord in UIA Review Story

From Crain's Detroit Weekly January 6, 2017 LANSING — The state's embattled unemployment agency said Friday it will review all computer-identified claims of benefits fraud — more than 30,000 — that until now have not been re-examined after...

Jennifer Lord Speaks to WNYC About What's Next for UIA

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Jennifer Lord spoke to John Hockenberry at WNYC in NY. A summary is below. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency reviewed over 20,000 instances where the state accused citizens of fraudulently seeking...

ABA: Who's To Blame for Poisoning of Flint Water?

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Pitt Takes on Whistleblower Case for Judicial Watchdog

From Courthouse News DETROIT (CN) – The former head of Michigan’s judicial disciplinary board claims he was fired for recommending a formal complaint be filed against a child-jailing judge (Lisa Gorcyca), disagreeing with the view that she is...

McGehee Featured on WXYZ 7 Spotlight on the News

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Cary McGehee was a featured guest Sunday, September 4 on Chuck Stokes' WXYZ TV 7 "Spotlight on the News" program to discuss her mentorship and involvement in the 2016 Freedom Tour. You can see the entire...

Pitt Named VP of Washington Based Public Justice

Royal Oak, Mich., August 23, 2016 – Royal Oak attorney Michael Pitt was recently selected Vice President of Public Justice. Public Justice is a Washington, D.C.-based national public interest firm of 14 lawyers which fights injustices through...

Detroit News Covers Warren Whistleblower Lawsuit

From the Detroit News: Warren — A former city planner who resigned nearly two years ago is awaiting a federal judge’s decision on a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges Warren officials forced him out of the job. Kenneth Bouchard, who served as...