Lord Cited by WXYZ 7 and Detroit Free Press in Spranger Ethics Hearing Coverage

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.

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.