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Metro Times/WWJ TV Story on Markovitz Suit Cites Bonanni

The owner of a pair of iconic Detroit strip clubs is being sued in federal court for a second time for allegedly failing to pay dancers and other workers a proper wage. A class action lawsuit filed early this month says that Alan Markovitz --- once hailed by the former Real Detroit Weekly as "arguably the most successful strip club owner in North America" --- intentionally misclassified employees at the Coliseum and Penthouse Club as independent contractors; didn't pay them a minimum wage; forced them to turnover tips to employers; and required them to pay unlawful rents, fines, and penalties for lateness and misconduct.

An attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the 2013 case against Markovitz and is also handling the suit filed this month says, this time, the plaintiffs hope Markovitz will be made to change his employment practices. "They're under the control of the club in terms of how they dance, where they dance, what they wear," says attorney Megan Bonanni. "It's a classic employee-employer relationship, where the employer retains control over all of the conditions and terms of employment and yet the employee, [who is classified as an independent contractor], has none of the rights and that has to change."

Read the entire Metro Times Story here. See the entire WWJ CBS62 coverage 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.