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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 planner from January 2011 to August 2014, said his colleagues used tactics to induce him to quit after he made a presentation to City Council questioning the legality of several practices by city administrative staff, according to the lawsuit. Those practices included awarding federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant money to large bundle property purchasers instead of individual homeowners, issuing rental licenses to landlords in default to the city, and failing to charge all property owners for city services. After presenting these findings during a September 2013 council meeting with councilwoman Kelly Colegio, Bouchard said many of his colleagues gave him the "silent treatment," refusing to speak to him at the office. Bouchard also accused the city of asking him to make copies of copyrighted material against his will. "He really needed to work with other departments to do his job," said Jennifer Lord (of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers), Bouchard's attorney. "It's our theory that it was designed to get Ken to quit." You can read the entire story here.  

Legal News Covers Robin Wagner's Arrival at PMP&R

From the Legal News Robin Wagner has joined Royal Oak, Mich. law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. The announcement was made by firm co-founding partner Cary McGehee. “We’re pleased to announce that Robin has joined our law firm,” said...

Robin Wagner Joins PMP&R as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Robin Wagner has joined our firm as an associate. Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin...

Morris Dees Honored as Champion of Justice by MCHR

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner held at Marygrove College in Detroit. Cary McGehee, firm co-founder and longtime MCHR Chair,...

Renowned Attorney Morris Dees Honored by MCHR

Cary McGehee presents Champion of Justice Award to Morris Dees at MCHR annual dinner.[/caption] The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner...

Channing Robinson-Holmes Joins Firm as Attorney

Channing Robinson began working as a law clerk at the firm in October 2015 while she was still in law school. Since that time, she has devoted innumerable hours to the firm’s class actions against Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, as...

UIA Fraud Class-Action Continues to Gain Steam

In September 2015, firm attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The complaint alleges that the automated system used for adjudicating unemployment insurance fraud, falsely accused as...