From Daily Business Review

Their appointment came Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Judith E. Levy, but South Florida attorney Theodore “Ted” Leopold and Michigan litigator Michael Pitt have already spent thousands of hours on litigation over contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

The high-powered litigators set up external war rooms and collected more than 1 million documents in a sprawling scandal that put an international spotlight on the working-class community about 70 miles north of Detroit.

Leopold and Pitt are interim co-lead class counsel on six consolidated class actions following a July 26 hearing before Levy.

“In the courtroom yesterday there was standing room only,” Pitt said Thursday about the hearing in which the judge appointed him and Leopold, held a status conference and called 42 cases, including the six class actions the pair now lead.

Pitt is managing partner at Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers. His notable cases include a $30 million award for 18 female inmates who raised rape and sexual assault allegations against Michigan prison guards. His counterpart, Leopold, is a Palm Beach Gardens partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll who obtained a $131 million jury verdict against Ford Motor Co. in 2010.

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