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Michael Pitt Featured in National Law Journal Flint Water Coverage

A flood of lawsuits has been filed this month over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but the unprecedented situation that exposed thousands of children to lead contamination has plaintiffs lawyers scrambling to figure out who --- if anyone --- will pay. As a U.S. House committee held hearings this month over the problems in Flint, more than 30 cases hit the courts, boosting the total to about 40 lawsuits. The claims are all over the map. Some have been filed under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, while others assert gross negligence or constitutional claims. Some are class actions, some individual cases. And a lengthy list of government officials named as defendants, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who testified on Capitol Hill on March 17, has expanded to include three engineering firms that studied Flint's water. Most of the other suits are class actions primarily focused on government defendants, but they've asserted different claims to overcome immunity defenses. Initial suits made constitutional arguments. Michael Pitt, a lawyer in Royal Oak, Michigan, who filed the first case over the Flint crisis on Nov. 13 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, has alleged that residents had their due process rights violated under the 14th Amendment. In a second class action filed on Jan. 20 in the Michigan Court of Claims, he made arguments under the state constitution. "If the state or the governmental agency enhances the danger, creates the danger, prolongs the danger to the plaintiff, due process is implicated," said Pitt, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. You can read the entire story 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.

Know Your Rights When You Go to Protest in Michigan

Challenging a rule or a law is important. It is through questioning authority that individuals ensure the laws or rules are just. Citizens in the U.S. elect officials to represent their views and opinions by enacting laws that will support and...