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Lord Queried by Macomb Daily in Warren Whistleblower Case

Depositions of high-ranking Warren officials could start in early 2016 as part of a whistleblower case involving the municipality, a lawyer for a former city employee said. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed a year ago by former assistant city planner Kenneth Bouchard. Bouchard claims he faced on-the-job retaliation after suspecting some government practices were illegal. Hired in January 2011, Bouchard says he was a victim of "constructive termination" before he resigned in August 2014, and alleges the city bundled tax-reverted properties for favored developers and that he was reprimanded for refusing to make copies of copyrighted site plans. Last spring, attorneys for the city filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Detroit asking that the case be tossed out. Judge Denise Page Hood recently denied that request. "I'm not surprised," said Bouchard's attorney, Jennifer Lord, when reached for comment. "I think the judge did the right thing, and we are looking forward to moving forward to depositions and discovery in this case." You can read the entire story 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.