April 19, 2017 Both the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ 7 continued coverage reporting on a former top aide to embattled Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Karen Spranger, who told a county ethics board today that he has heard her refer to her employees as her "enemies" and painted her as a detached leader who created an atmosphere of fear in the short time she has headed the two county departments. Paul Kardasz, one of two deputies Spranger fired months after appointing them, also told the board that Spranger said that "there was no law that said she had to talk to any of us. She said that the psychology of her politics is different." He and Deputy Register of Deeds Erin Stahl were fired by Spranger after filing the ethics complaints being heard by the board. The pair, who were appointed by Spranger as her top deputies when she took office on Jan. 1, have filed a federal whistle-blower lawsuit against her over their terminations. Lord, who is representing Stahl and Kardasz in the whistle-blower lawsuit, said Spranger "mismanaged the office." She said Spranger had a history of showing up 45 minutes late for meetings, leaving 45 minutes early and falling asleep in crucial meetings with outside vendors and during a clerks' meeting in another county Earlier this week, the Free Press reported that Spranger filed a sheriff's office complaint after she ducked into a restroom to avoid a TV reporter, and that her new deputy register of deeds called 911 twice to report Spranger didn't feel well, that she felt "harassed" and wanted "reporters to stop asking her questions" about problems in her office. Lord said that Spranger "had a history of running and hiding in the bathroom" if there was a critical situation. "You have to be competent and have to do the job," Lord said You can read the entire Detroit Free Press article here. You can see the WXYZ 7 report here.
Bridge Michigan published an op-ed authored by Michael Pitt which urges Gov. Whitmer to appoint an independent task force to investigate the failure of the Edenville Dam: Read full article here.
TIME -- "States Automated Systems are Trapping Citizens in Bureaucratic Nightmares with Lives on the Line"
Jennifer Lord was quoted in a TIME magazine feature-length investigative report on the harms inflicted by AI-based decision-making systems utilized to manage government public health and benefits programs. The article includes an account of the...
WEYI/NBC/Mid-Michigan -- "Federal Court Rules Former Gov. Rick Snyder Remains as a Defendant in Flint Residents' Lawsuit"
Co-counsel Michael Pitt and Ted Leopold were quoted in a WEYI/NBC report on a recent federal appeals court decision upholding a lower court ruling that former Gov. Snyder and other state administrators be reinstated as defendants in the Flint Water...
Michael Pitt was cited in a Detroit News report on a state-conducted investigation into the Edenville Dam failure announced by Gov. Whitmer: Read full article here.
The Midland Daily News referenced the lawsuit filed by firm attorneys in the Michigan Court of Claims, including citation of passages from the complaint: Read full article here.
Michigan Radio/NPR -- "Midland County Residents File Lawsuit Against State, Alleging Negligent Dam Management"
Michael Pitt was quoted in a Michigan Radio/NPR report on the Court of Claims suit filed by the firm regarding failure of the Edenville Dam: Read full article here.
Hometownlife.com/Observer & Eccentric -- "Lawsuit: Canton Apartment Owners Evicted Tenants in Addiction Recovery Program"
Hometownlife.com/Observer & Eccentric published a report on a federal housing discrimination case brought against an apartment complex which evicted recovering substance abusers participating in a residential rehab program. Robin Wagner and...
WDIV/NBC reported on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims filing: Read full article here.
Michael Pitt was quoted in a report from Newsradio WSGW/Midland on the Court of Claims complaint filed regarding the failure of the Edenville Dam: Read the full article here.
Michael Pitt was quoted in WILX/CBS coverage of the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims filing: Read the full article here.
WDIV/NBC reported on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims filing: Read the full article here.
M. Pitt was quoted in a WNEM/CBS report on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims case: Read full article here.
FOX 2 News -- "Mid-Michigan Homeowners Sue State Over Edenville Dam Break, Allege Neglect, Mismanagement"
Michael Pitt was quoted in a FOX 2 News report on the Edenville Dam-related Court of Claims case: Read the full article here.
Michael Pitt was quoted in a Detroit Free Press story on the Court of Claims lawsuit filed by Edenville residents against the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy regarding the failure of the Edenville Dam and subsequent...
Bloomberg Law cited Pitt McGehee Palmer Bonanni & Rivers as attorneys of record in it posted report on the preliminary injunction granted in the Oakland County Jail class action: Read full article here.
Afro.com -- "First Federal Court Win Ordering Release of Medically-Vulnerable People In Our County Jails"
Cary McGehee was quoted by Afro.com in a posted report on the preliminary injunction granted in the Oakland County Jail COVID-19 class action: Read full article here.
Cary McGehee was quoted in Oakland Press coverage of a favorable ruling for the plaintiffs handed-down in the Oakland County Jail class action: Read full article here.
Detroit News -- "Judge Orders Oakland County Jail to Submit List of Inmates for Release Consideration"
Cary McGehee was quoted in a report published by Detroit News regarding a ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Linda Parker in the Oakland County Jail class action: Read full article here.
The Appeal -- "Lawsuit Seeks the Release of 'Medically Vulnerable' People at Oakland County Jail in Michigan"
Kevin Carlson and Cary McGehee were cited in a report posted in The Appeal (vertical news outlet focusing primarily on the criminal justice system) regarding the problematic conditions at Oakland County Jail due to COVID-19 and the related class...
Cary McGehee was quoted in a Detroit News report on actions taken by Oakland County Jail in response to a federal lawsuit filed by prisoners alleging the facility has not adequately protected them from the transmission of the coronavirus: Read...