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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.

Free Press Looks at UIA Data Glitch and Cites Lord

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WSWS Covers UIA Decision and Shares Lord Reaction

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Free Press, News Bloomberg Cover UIA Fraud Decision

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is asking district court judges to dismiss 186 bench warrants issued against residents who were accused of unemployment fraud and failed to appear in court to face...

Fox 17 Features Lord in UIA Update Story

MICHIGAN -- A court hearing is scheduled Friday in Detroit for a class-action lawsuit against the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Three judges in the Court of Appeals are tasked with deciding whether the case moves forward. Regardless of the outcome,...

Legal News Covers Robin Wagner's Arrival at PMP&R

From the Legal News Robin Wagner has joined Royal Oak, Mich. law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. The announcement was made by firm co-founding partner Cary McGehee. “We’re pleased to announce that Robin has joined our law firm,” said...