Daily Briefs

Flint water researcher’s defamation lawsuit challenged

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Flint, Michigan, resident is among those embroiled in a legal battle over a letter criticizing a Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the city’s water crisis.

The Roanoke Times reports the resident and two others filed an Aug. 10 motion to dismiss Marc Edwards’ $3 million defamation lawsuit against them.

William Moran is the attorney for Flint resident Melissa Mays, Edwards’ former co-researcher Yanna Lambrinidou and clean water activist Paul Schwartz. Moran says the letter signed by more than 60 Flint residents accuses Edwards of interfering with residents’ efforts to self-organize and abusing scientific authority, among other allegations.

The motion doesn’t take responsibility for orchestrating the letter, but asserts it was protected by free speech rights and Edwards is a public figure.

Edwards says he doesn’t like being characterized as a bully.


Employment and Civil Rights Evening Forum and Mixer

Michigan Association for Justice members are invited to gather from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, September 6 at Lockhart’s BBQ, 202 E. 3rd St. in Royal Oak for an evening of food, wine, and discussion on how to obtain substantial verdicts despite minimal wage loss damages. Carol Laughbaum of Sterling Attorneys at Law will discuss her recent $16.8 million federal court jury verdict in an ethnicity discrimination case in which the employer argued plaintiff had no damages. Megan Bonanni of Pitt, McGehee, Palmer & Rivers will discuss her recent whistleblower case against the Jackson Public Schools which resulted in a $388,000 award. The cost (dinner and beverages provided) is $45 for MAJ members and $30 for MAJ members practicing three years or less. To register, go to www.michiganjustice.org/events. An additional $20 will be charged for registering at the door.


Michigan man who swallowed BBQ grill bristle loses lawsuit

QUINNESEC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who says he swallowed a stray bristle from a grill brush after barbecuing chicken has failed to persuade an appeals court to revive his lawsuit.

Robert Kaminski of the Upper Peninsula had surgery in 2014 to remove the metal bristle. He sued the maker of the grill brush, accusing The Libman Company of negligence. He says the bristle caused abdominal bloating, intestinal damage and other problems.

But a federal appeals court last week ruled in favor of the company. The court agreed with Judge Robert Jonker, who said the brush was a simple tool that wasn’t unreasonably dangerous and didn’t require warnings.

The court says Kaminski could cite only a few other examples of Libman grill bristles causing injuries.