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Pitt Featured in Huffington Post Coverage of Flint EPA Suit

Mary Papenfuss Trends reporter, The Huffington Post More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a class action lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing officials of "negligent" mismanagement of the city's drinking water crisis.

The suit, accusing the EPA of a critical failure to supervise local officials who allowed extraordinarily high levels of toxic lead to leach into the city's drinking water, comes amid President Donald Trump's plans to gut the budget at the already overwhelmed federal agency.

The EPA is charged with helping guide local officials to monitor environmental toxins. If the agency determines city officials have failed to take "timely and protective action" in the event of a crisis, such as the contamination of Flint's water supply, it's is required by law to take emergency action to protect citizens. Yet despite knowledge of the danger as early as October 2014, the EPA failed to take action until January 2016, according to the suit filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Michigan.

"As of November 25, 2016, the two and one half year anniversary [of the Flint crisis], the water delivered to the people of Flint remain[ed] unsafe to drink, use for cooking or use for bathing," the suit charges.

The lawsuit is demanding $722 million in damages for plaintiffs who suffered a loss of property values as well as serious heath effects, including lead poisoning, various illnesses, dermatological disorders, loss of hair and gastrointestinal disorders resulting in "emotional distress" and "deprivation of a quality of life."

An attorney for the plaintiffs said the case is strengthened by the fact that some local officials have publicly admitted culpability in the crisis (and several employees have already been charged with crimes). He is not particularly concerned by the Trump administration's plans to gut the EPA.

The "beauty of the judiciary is that it's independent of politics," Michael Pitt of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers told The Huffington Post. That said, he added, the outcome of the case could affect future decisions about the value of the EPA and its policing. "The lesson could be that the judge awards close to a billion dollars in damages, which would take a big chunk out of the federal budget that could have been used for other things." Read the entire article here.

Palmer Named as 2014 'Leader in the Law'

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has chosen Pitt McGehee Rivers & Palmer Partner Robert Palmer as one of 30 lawyers in the state named to the “Leaders in the Law” Class of 2014. Chosen from dozens of nominations, Palmer and 2014 Leaders were viewed...

McGehee Elected to MSU College of Law Board of Trustees

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Cary McGehee has been elected to the Michigan State University College of Law Board of Trustees. Michigan State University College of Law is an independent, non-profit corporation. Its affairs are managed by...

Pitt Crew Adds to Community Service Tradition

The Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers "Pitt Crew" added to their long standing tradition of serving in the community by again pitching in to lend support to the St. Peters Episcopal Church Manna Community Meal Soup Kitchen over the holidays.  An...

Pitt McGehee Rolls Up its Sleeves to Help Soup Kitchen

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden, which has never been shy about finding community work that needs to be done, grabbed its staff in October and traveled to St. Peter's Episcopal Church's Soup Kitchen. The firm made sandwiches and served food...

Bonanni Files Suit Against Adult Night Club Owner

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner Megan Bonanni has filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court in Detroit on behalf of three current and former exotic dancers against nightclubs owned by Alan Markovitz. You can read the story...

Pitt's Brown Defense Gets Attention of Oakland Press

Michigan's gay marriage case got another summary from the Oakland Press on October 16, which included an interview with Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner, Michael Pitt. In the article, Michael discussed his legal defense of Oakland...

Michael Pitt Honored by WSU Law School

[caption id="attachment_653" align="alignleft" width="270"] Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson, right, presents Huntington Woods resident and lawyer Michael Pitt, (far left with wife Peggy) with an award Sept. 28 during the 2013...

Palmer Featured in Legal News Profile

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner Robert Palmer was featured in a Legal News profile written by Sheila Pursglove who focused on his childhood dream of becoming and attorney and the path that took him to where he is now. You can read...

McGehee Featured on NPR's All Things Considered

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner Cary McGehee was interviewed by NPR host Jennifer White in a feature aired on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" August 20 to discuss how she is hoping that a federal ruling will...