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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

McGehee Featured on WXYZ TV Spotlight Program

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Cary McGehee was featured on the April 17 edition of WXYZ TV 7's Spotlight on the News program to discuss class action lawsuits the firm has filed as a result of the Flint water crisis. Spotlight on the...

New Class-Action Lawsuits Filed By Flint Residents

Complaint in Genesee County Circuit Court asks for Injunction against Water Shut-offs, Declaration that Water Users who Received Dangerous Water are Not Responsible for Paying Bills FLINT, Mich., Jan. 19, 2016-- A group of Flint residents have...

Crain's Detroit Business Discusses UIA Suit with Lord

From Crain's Detroit Business, Dec. 6 in a story by Chad Halcom About three years ago, the state launched its Michigan Integrated Data Automated System, which is able to cross-check benefit claimants against other computer records and flag events...

Pitt Led Flint Water Meeting Draws TV Attention

More than 100 Flint residents attended a meeting Dec. 1 at the Northbank Center in Flint looking for more information on a class action law suit against Michigan Governor Snyder regarding contaminated water int he Flint water system.  You can...