On December 2, 2017, attorneys from Sommers Schwartz, P.C., Wexler Wallace, LLP, and Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, P.C., along with Garrett TenHave-Chapman will host an informational meeting to educate residents and homeowners who may have been impacted by the dumping of potentially harmful chemicals from Wolverine World Wide’s Rockford, Michigan tannery.

The Saturday event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Northview High School Performing Arts Center, located at 4451 Hunsberger Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Topics will include current science relative to the contamination, current and past litigation involving the contaminates, Wolverine’s role in the dumping, discovery of additional plumes, and potential remedies available to residents and homeowners through litigation – including recovery for reduced property value and other harm.

The speakers include several lawyers and scientists working with Sommers Schwartz with experience in environmental contamination, including:

  • John Coon – Affiliated Faculty, University of New Hampshire, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Joseph Berlin – President, BLDI Environmental Engineering
  • Travis Brown – Chemist and Local Activist
  • Robert Palmer – Partner, Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, P.C.
  • Jason Thompson – Chair, Complex Litigation Group, Sommers Schwartz, P.C.

Groundwater contamination in and around Wolverine World Wide facilities has generated enormous concern among homeowners, citizens, and state and local officials. As of last month, tests have revealed at least 15 properties on either side of U.S. 131, including the Michigan National Guard Armory, with contaminated levels in excess of the health advisory set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The list of possible dumpsites keeps growing – at last count, the number of affected sites was more than 70.

This consortium of highly regarded law firms and experts has come together to assist people in Rockford and the surrounding communities to understand the risk posed by the contamination and their litigation rights and possible remedies.


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