7th Circuit Rules Workplace Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Federal Law

By Beth M. Rivers In a groundbreaking decision, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation violates federal civil rights law. In Hively v Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, 853 F3d 339 (7th Cir 2017) the court found that such discrimination is a form of

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Spranger Free Press Coverage Update Draws on Lord Insight

From the Detroit Free Press A second ethics complaint was dismissed against embattled Clerk/Register of Deeds Karen Spranger, whose new top aide told the Macomb County Ethics Board today that Spranger “is like the mother of Macomb County.” The ethics board dismissed a complaint by former deputy register of deeds Erin Stahl after it determined

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Robin Wagner Joins PMP&R as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Robin Wagner has joined our firm as an associate. Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin clerked for the Hon. Michael H. Dolinger, Magistrate Judge,

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Morris Dees Honored as Champion of Justice by MCHR

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner held at Marygrove College in Detroit. Cary McGehee, firm co-founder and longtime MCHR Chair, presented Dees with the organization’s Bishop H. Coleman McGehee Jr. Champion of Justice award for his 50 years

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Pro Bono Client Henry Hill to be Released After 35 Years Behind Bars

Henry Hill, who was 16 years-old when convicted of homicide in 1980, will be freed later this summer. Hill has served over 35 years of a mandatory life sentence in Michigan prisons. The decision was handed down in early May by Judge Darnell Jackson in Hill’s Saginaw Circuit Court resentencing hearing. Firm attorneys Michael and

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Pitt Weighs In on Michigan Laywers Weekly Coverage of Class Action Bill

From Michigan Lawyers Weekly A bill awaiting action in the U.S. Senate could bring several changes to class ­action lawsuits nationwide. The “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017” was introduced Feb. 9 by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R­ Virginia, and it passed the U.S. House of Representatives March 9 by a 220­-201 vote. A

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Detroit News Covers Palmer Suit on Behalf of Grosse Pointe South Asst. Principal

From the Detroit News A former Grosse Pointe South assistant principal is accusing the district of transferring her to another school in retaliation for complaints about her supervisor’s conduct, including an alleged comment about sex. Debra Redlin claims she was threatened with termination and transferred to Parcells Middle School in August 2015 after a year

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Detroit Free Press, News Cover Lord UIA Filing to Block State from Taking $10m

From the Detroit Free Press LANSING — A judge should block the State of Michigan from taking $10 million from an  Unemployment Insurance Agency fund to balance the state budget until refunds are paid to tens of thousands of residents falsely accused of unemployment insurance fraud, a lawyer says in a court filing. Jennifer Lord, a Royal

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Renowned Attorney Morris Dees Honored by MCHR

The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) recognized the lifetime efforts of iconic civil rights attorney Morris Dees at its recent annual dinner held at Marygrove College in Detroit. Cary McGehee, firm co-founder and longtime MCHR Chair, presented Dees with the organization’s Bishop H. Coleman McGehee Jr. Champion of Justice award for his 50 years

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MLive, WNEM, Fox 66 Cover Summer Release of Pitt Client Juvenile Lifer Henry Hill

From MLive SAGINAW, MI — It was the day Henry Hill Jr.’s sister had been holding out hope 35 years for, and it didn’t matter that she lived more than 1,500 away or that she had work; she’d be there. “This is the day I’ve been waiting for, for my brother to be released,” said

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