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MIRS Quotes Pitt in Flint Federal Suit Court Reversal Coverage

From MIRS A major hurdle for civil federal Flint water crisis suits was cleared today, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the claims of constitutional violations brought by the plaintiffs in two major suits are not blocked by measures written into the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The two suits had originally been dismissed by federal district Judge John Corbett O'MEARA, who ruled mechanisms in the SDWA prevented the plaintiffs from bringing claims of constitutional violations (See "Federal Court Cleaning House In Number Of Flint Suits," 2/7/17). The three-judge federal appellate panel unanimously reversed that determination. "In the context of the SDWA and its text and legislative history, we find that the remedial schemes in the SDWA are not so comprehensive as to demonstrate congressional intent to preclude remedies under 1983 for constitutional violations," federal appellate Judge Jane STRANCH wrote in the opinion, joined by Judges R. Guy COLE and Bernice DONALD. Not all their claims survived, though. The state along with its officials and departments. Michael PITT, an attorney representing the Mays plaintiffs, who was also recently appointed interim colead counsel for all the class-action suits in federal district court, told MIRS the ruling "is really the locomotive now that is going to drive this litigation to a successful conclusion." "The people of Flint have a great victory today and we're proud and happy that the people of Flint are finally going to get some justice out of this situation," Pitt said. Pitt declined to speculate on whether the ruling could mean the state might seek to resolve the case out of court. "There's always the possibility of a settlement and I'm hopeful that this will be an icebreaker," he said. "But we're prepared to litigate this as long and as hard as necessary to get to the result that we anticipate." Read the entire MIRS coverage here.

Saru Jayaraman, Advocate for Restaurant Workers, to Deliver Keynote Address at March 18 Annual Dinner of Michigan for Coalition for Human Rights

Saru Jayaraman, Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, will be the keynote speaker at the March 18 annual dinner of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. "Saru has done outstanding work on wage equality and workplace harassment issues. We're excited to have her as our keynote speaker this year," said PMP&R co-founding partner Cary McGehee, who is the long-time Chair of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights.

What is Civil Rights Law?

As an American citizen, your civil rights are the basic human rights granted to you by the U.S. Constitution. Although, these rights have evolved and expanded over time through subsequent amendments, statutes, regulations and judicial...

We Salute AG Angela Povilaitis

The entire nation and people around the world watched in shock this past week as 160 women courageously stepped forward in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Ingham County courtroom to address Larry Nasser and describe to him and the world what...

5 Facts About Age Discrimination in the Workplace

If you feel like you’ve experienced unfair treatment at work due to your age, you’re not alone. In fact, studies show that as many as 2 in 3 individuals over the age of 45 have experienced some form of age discrimination. Although most...

Megan Bonanni cited in Detroit Free Press

Co-counsel Megan Bonanni and Jennifer McManus were cited in Detroit Free Press coverage of their class action lawsuit filed against Sundance, Inc. for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act: Detroit Free Press -- "500 Joing Wage...

Jennifer Lord was cited in Metro Times

Jennifer Lord was cited in Metro Times on the history of the UIA's false fraud accusations and plans for a Victim Compensation Fund.  Metro Times--"Snyder's Other Huge Atrocity".  Click Here
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