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WILX News 10 Talks to Bonanni About Lansing Schools Suit

Megan Bonanni on News 10From News 10 in Lansing - The Lansing School District fired Lester Duvall in January a little more than two months after he was accused of hurting a 12-year-old student with autism. The boy's mother, Jennifer Garza, explained, "Christian was pulled out of an aisle of desks, picked up, thrown into an old wood teacher's desk, my son kicked him a few times and then he was picked up again and thrown opposite the direction into the bookshelf so hard that his head broke the bookshelf." Garza told NewsWILX News 10 Talks to Bonanni About Lansing Schools Suit - News - Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers, P.C. - icon1 Ten she found out about the assault from a note Gardner Middle School sent home with her son. "I really hadn't even gotten a lot much more information until the Lansing Police Department got involved and it was the detective that informed me to what extent the trauma really was," Garza said. She was even more outraged when Duvall's 4th degree child abuse charged was reduced to disorder person - jostling. And, he was allowed to pay a $300 fine. "There has been over a decade of documented incidents with the school district that they did nothing about and that itself is outraging," Garza added. Her lawyers said they uncovered those incidents when they used the Freedom of InformationWILX News 10 Talks to Bonanni About Lansing Schools Suit - News - Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers, P.C. - icon1 Act to get written statements dating back to 2003 from the Lansing School District. "It's absurd. I don't know how it happened," Garza's attorney, Megan Bonnani, said. "For an individual with such a rich history of documented abuse ... It's not even a slap, less than a slap." You can see the News 10 story here

M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.