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PMP&R Leads Fight for Flint Residents in Contaminated Water Crisis

[caption id="attachment_1392" align="alignleft" width="342"]Flint News Conf. #2 Mike P. Photo PMP&R Partner Michael Pitt addresses an audience during one of the Flint Water informational meetings.[/caption] As the saga of the Flint water crisis continues to unfold, state, city and federal officials still seek answers and solutions for one of the worst -- and most-publicized -- man-made disasters of our time. At the same time, firm attorneys and the Flint Class Action Legal Team continue their legal battle on behalf of thousands of Flint residents. A battle that began in November 2015 when the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court. The complaint alleges that Gov. Snyder and numerous other city and state officials acted recklessly and with deliberate indifference leading to serious physical injuries and property damages. That lawsuit also charged the defendants with depriving Flint residents of their constitutionally-guaranteed due process when they "...took from Plaintiffs safe drinking and replaced it with a highly toxic alternative solely for fiscal purposes." Since last November, the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team has filed additional class actions on behalf of Flint residents in Michigan Court of Claims and Genesee County Circuit Court. An administrative complaint has also been filed with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Over 3000 Flint families have joined the lawsuits. The Flint Water Class Action Legal Team includes attorneys and staff from: *Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers *Goodman & Hurwitz (Detroit) *Trachelle C. Young & Associates (Flint) *Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle (Ann Arbor) *Weitz & Luxenberg (New York) *Milberg LLP (Detroit/New York) "Attorneys from these six firms bring together a special blend of expertise and experience required to prosecute this incredibly complex and challenging case," said Cary McGehee. "When we filed the first lawsuit late last year, the Flint water crisis was still a local issue. Now its's become a massive, global news story and hundreds of millions know what happened there." According to McGehee, despite the constant news coverage, not much has changed for thousands of Flint residents. Many still suffer from an array of symptoms and illnesses; the water is not yet drinkable nor suitable for bathing and little has been done towards repairing and upgrading the city's public water system and service lines. "This will be a lengthy legal process, but we'll continue to advocate for all Flint residents until they are fairly compensated, receiving the proper health care and all of the water problems are fixed -- no matter how long it takes," said McGehee. More information at FlintWaterClassAction.com.

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Free Press Discusses UIA Fraud with PMP&R's Lord

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McGehee and MCHR Prepare for Freedom Tour

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WSU Professor Awarded $300K in Age Discrimination Case

[caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz[/caption] Wayne State University is appealing a jury verdict received by veterinary professor Dr. Karen Hrapkiewicz in an age discrimination action handled by firm...

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...