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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 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. Read the entire 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.