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Free Press Details Macomb County Whistleblower Suit with Lord

From the Detroit Free Press Two fired deputies of Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Karen Spranger say they witnessed a pattern of incompetent, unethical and unlawful behavior that left the clerk's office "on the brink of collapse," according to a whistle-blower lawsuit they filed. The former chief deputies, Paul Kardasz and Erin Stahl, allege they were fired in retaliation for ethics complaints they filed against Spranger for her hostile treatment of employees and other violations of county laws and policies. "It's against the law to fire someone reporting matters of public concern," Jennifer Lord, a lawyer (from Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers), who is representing Kardasz and Stahl, said Sunday. "You can't fire someone because they're blowing the whistle on unlawful activity." The former deputies' First Amendment rights also were violated, according to the lawsuit, which seeks reinstatement to county jobs, compensatory and punitive damages and money for legal fees. The lawsuit, which also names Macomb County as a defendant, was filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Lord said. Read the entire Free Press Story here.

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...

PMP&R Host Flint Water Community Information Meeting

On April 24, 2017, the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team held an informational meeting for the Flint community at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Flint. Throughout the night, Flint residents and other attendees spoke with...

NewsChannel 3 Discusses UIA Fraud with Lord

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan lawmakers are working to figure out how tens of thousands of people on unemployment across Michigan were wrongly accused of fraud. On Monday the House Oversight Committee announced it had created a work group...

Pitt Awarded Distinguished Service Award by State Bar

From Detroit Legal News Michael Pitt has been selected for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Labor & Employment Section. Pitt is co-founding partner of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, one of...

The Bridge Looks at UIA Fraud and Cites Lord

From the Bridge - the Center for Michigan February 7, 2917 A few days after a federal judge issued a Jan. 11 order commanding the state to “suspend all collection activity” against thousands of Michigan workers tagged with unemployment fraud,...