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Pitt McGehee's Flint Water Website Draws Attention from Detroit News

Jan Burgess is legally blind, but that doesn't stop the Flint resident from playing detective when gathering evidence to document the impact the city's corrosive water has had on her body, home and well-being. Anxious for information on the case, Burgess seeks updates from a website,flintwaterclassaction.com, that was designed by a Metro Detroit legal team to educate Flint residents on how to prepare for their actual date in court. Written by lawyers, the website explains how to preserve evidence by using a damage inventory instruction sheet and provides developments on the cases that have been filed and opportunities to volunteer by reaching others impacted by the contaminated water. The website contains general instructions on collecting evidence and a warning: "If you do not preserve evidence or if you destroy it, you may not be able to recover damages in this case. This is a legal requirement. ... All photographs, videos, emails, text messages, water samples and documents which relate to your case must be preserved and made available to the attorneys for the parties you are suing." Julie Hurwitz and Bill Goodman, two civil rights attorneys from Detroit, are among a dozen attorneys including members of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers who make up what they are calling the Flint Water Class Action Team. Part of the process of seeking certification is gathering common claims from a sufficient number of people, Hurwitz said. But there are no hard and fast numbers to indicate when they've reached that point. "There has to be a way for a court and a jury to be able to assess the damages suffered by the victims. There has to be a way to categorize their damages," she said. "The court has to call everyone together when it's clear they know who everyone is." You can read the entire Detroit News Article here

Free Press Looks at UIA Data Glitch and Cites Lord

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING — Records obtained by the Free Press point to a major glitch in importing data into a $47-million computer system the Unemployment Insurance Agency used to detect claimant fraud, meaning the system often...

WSWS Covers UIA Decision and Shares Lord Reaction

A three-judge panel in the Michigan Appeals Court dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Michigan workers falsely accused of civil fraud in the notorious Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) “robo-fraud” scandal. In the July...

Free Press, News Bloomberg Cover UIA Fraud Decision

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is asking district court judges to dismiss 186 bench warrants issued against residents who were accused of unemployment fraud and failed to appear in court to face...

Fox 17 Features Lord in UIA Update Story

MICHIGAN -- A court hearing is scheduled Friday in Detroit for a class-action lawsuit against the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Three judges in the Court of Appeals are tasked with deciding whether the case moves forward. Regardless of the outcome,...

Legal News Covers Robin Wagner's Arrival at PMP&R

From the Legal News Robin Wagner has joined Royal Oak, Mich. law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. The announcement was made by firm co-founding partner Cary McGehee. “We’re pleased to announce that Robin has joined our law firm,” said...

Robin Wagner Joins PMP&R as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Robin Wagner has joined our firm as an associate. Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin...