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Pitt Sought by Media over Ruling Allowing Flint Residents to Sue State

From Detroit News A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Flint residents can indeed sue state officials for their decisions that led to the city's drinking water contamination problems. Judge Mark T. Boonstra, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge who presides over the Court of Claims, said residents have provided sufficient facts in their lawsuit against the state over contaminated water that "if proven" would show actions by the state were "so arbitrary in a constitutional sense, as to shock the conscience." Boonstra added claims by state officials that Flint residents did not file their lawsuit within six months of the water crisis date, which means their case should be dismissed, were "unpersuasive." In the action filed Jan. 21, Flint residents sued Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan's departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services, and two former Flint emergency managers for roles that allegedly contributed to the city's water crisis. The state did not acknowledge a lead problem existed in the water until October 2015.   Attorney Michael Pitt, who represents Flint resident Melissa Mays and others in this case, said Boonstra "decimated the state on this one." "The victors here are the people of Flint. They are going to get their day in court," Pitt said. "The opinion is well-crafted. It showed tremendous amount of thoughtful analysis of the issues, and the judge is evidently very engaged in the case... "He took the factual allegations of all the things the state did wrong, if what they say is true they meet the definition of shocking the conscience." You Can read the entire Detroit News story here   Other Coverage ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/judge-lets-flint-residents-lawsuit-state-move-ahead-43106124 San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Judge-lets-Flint-residents-lawsuit-against-state-10417456.php

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http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-dismisses-part-upholds-part-flint-water-lawsuit Detroit Free Press ("Judge: Flint Water Allegations 'Shock the Conscience'")

MLive ("Court Allows Part of Flit Lawsuit to Move Ahead Against State")

U.S. News & World Report ("Judge Lets Residents' Lawsuit Against State Move Ahead")

Detroit News Covers Pitt Led Flint Suit Against EPA

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “mishandling” of the city’s water crisis in a legal action seeking more than $722.4 million in damages. The...

Crain's Interviews Lord in UIA Review Story

From Crain's Detroit Weekly January 6, 2017 LANSING — The state's embattled unemployment agency said Friday it will review all computer-identified claims of benefits fraud — more than 30,000 — that until now have not been re-examined after...

Jennifer Lord Speaks to WNYC About What's Next for UIA

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Jennifer Lord spoke to John Hockenberry at WNYC in NY. A summary is below. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency reviewed over 20,000 instances where the state accused citizens of fraudulently seeking...

ABA: Who's To Blame for Poisoning of Flint Water?

For LeeAnne Walters, the first sign of trouble came in the summer of 2014, when her 4-year-old son Gavin developed rashes after coming into contact with the water. In July, Gavin and his twin, Garrett, both suffered scaly patches of skin that...

Pitt Takes on Whistleblower Case for Judicial Watchdog

From Courthouse News DETROIT (CN) – The former head of Michigan’s judicial disciplinary board claims he was fired for recommending a formal complaint be filed against a child-jailing judge (Lisa Gorcyca), disagreeing with the view that she is...

McGehee Featured on WXYZ 7 Spotlight on the News

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Cary McGehee was a featured guest Sunday, September 4 on Chuck Stokes' WXYZ TV 7 "Spotlight on the News" program to discuss her mentorship and involvement in the 2016 Freedom Tour. You can see the entire...

Pitt Named VP of Washington Based Public Justice

Royal Oak, Mich., August 23, 2016 – Royal Oak attorney Michael Pitt was recently selected Vice President of Public Justice. Public Justice is a Washington, D.C.-based national public interest firm of 14 lawyers which fights injustices through...

Detroit News Covers Warren Whistleblower Lawsuit

From the Detroit News: Warren — A former city planner who resigned nearly two years ago is awaiting a federal judge’s decision on a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges Warren officials forced him out of the job. Kenneth Bouchard, who served as...

Lord Whistleblower Client's Case Aired on Fox 2

WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - He blew the whistle on his boss while working for the city of Warren, but claims he paid the price when he questioned what he believed was illegal activity. Meet Ken Bouchard. He worked for the city of Warren coordinating tax...