Michigan Lawyers Weekly Summarizes Bonanni Led Exotic Dancer Suit

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, in its September 15 edition, provided a detailed summary of the lawsuit filed under FLSA guidelines claiming Exotic Dancers at Deja Vu Nightclubs were being mis-classified as independent contractors. The attorneys filing the suit included Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers partner, Megan Bonanni.  The suit resulted in a $6.55 million settlement. You

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U.S. Court of Appeals Says Flint Class Action Stays in Genesee

By Ron Fonger FLINT, MI — Residents who are suing city and state officials, alleging gross negligence in the Flint water crisis, won’t be forced to make their case in federal court, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals says. The appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, issued an opinion Monday, Sept. 11, saying the class

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McGehee Appointed Chair of Local Rules Advisory Committee

From the Detroit Legal News Cary McGehee, of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, has been appointed chair of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the judges of the court. The one-year appointment beginning July 1, 2017 was announced by Chief Judge Denise

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Legal News – Rivers Elected as Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

From the Detroit Legal News Beth Rivers has been elected a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Rivers is a partner with Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, a civil and employment rights law firm. “Beth is a recognized leader in the employment law community and a dedicated advocate for workers.

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Detroit News Interviews Lord as Warren Whistleblower Suit Goes to Trial

From the Detroit News A federal jury is hearing testimony this week in a lawsuit brought by a former Warren city planner who maintains he was forced into quitting when he questioned some of the decisions made by department heads related to the city’s demoition program. Kenneth Bouchard is expected to take the stand Wednesday

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Lord Quoted in Bridge Story Looking at State Response to UIA

From the Bridge For well over a year, state officials knew Michigan’s computer-driven unemployment insurance system had wrongly accused thousands of workers of benefit fraud. That didn’t stop lawyers for the state from working to derail a class action against the Unemployment Insurance Agency. They’ve succeeded – for now – after the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed

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Lord Tells MPR that State UIA Settlement is a “Drop in the Bucket”

From Michigan Public Radio The state has admitted it made a whopping mistake when it accused tens of thousands of Michiganders of cheating on their unemployment benefits. The Unemployment Insurance Agency reviewed 62,784 cases where people were accused of fraud and hit with penalties. In some 44,000 of those cases, that accusation was completely false

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News, Free Press, Fox 17, AP Cover State UIA Refund Announcement

From the Detroit News Lansing — The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency made nearly 48,000 false fraud accusations against jobless claimants over a roughly two-year period and is in the process of refunding affected residents more than $20.8 million. The Michigan Talent and Investment Agency, which oversees the unemployment division, announced Friday it has completed an extensive

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Pitt Selected as Interim Lead Counsel in Flint Water Suit

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

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MIRS Quotes Pitt in Flint Federal Suit Court Reversal Coverage

From MIRS A major hurdle for civil federal Flint water crisis suits was cleared today, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the claims of constitutional violations brought by the plaintiffs in two major suits are not blocked by measures written into the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The two

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