About Laura SheetsLaura L. Sheets is an associate with Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, P.C.
Ms. Sheets believed that a law degree would be a tremendous tool to help people. She wanted to use that tool to make a positive impact in people’s lives and in their communities. She has fulfilled that goal working for Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, P.C. Ms. Sheets has been with MLD for more than a decade and has devoted the bulk of her practice to helping people who have been damaged by catastrophic sewage backups or who have suffered because of a neighboring corporate polluter. Her entire practice has been devoted to protecting people’s property rights.
Sewage backups are devastating to both personal and real property. Many people are affected by sewage backups every year through no fault of their own. Working for Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, Ms. Sheets has successfully secured compensation for thousands of homeowners in Michigan and several other states by suing municipalities. In doing so, she has been fortunate enough to work with some of the best experts in the nation to pinpoint the precise cause of the flood and, in the process, has gained formidable knowledge regarding the operation and maintenance of sewer systems. She has used this experience to argue successfully against governmental immunity in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Environmental claims also affect a large segment of the population. Many people share their communities with industry and corporations that may not be utilizing the best available technology and emit odors, noise or particulate that make them a nuisance to neighboring homeowners. The goal of these environmental claims is to ensure that businesses and residents can share the community in a way that is beneficial to both parties. Ms. Sheets has been a constant advocate for thousands of people claiming to be damaged by a neighboring company’s emissions. She has secured compensation for the nuisance damages and for loss in value to the homeowners’ property values. Significantly, in all of her resolved environmental claims, Ms. Sheets has also been able to ensure that the offending polluter implement improvements to their operation. These improvements have resulted in decreased emissions from the polluter and have improved the quality of life for neighboring residents.
In litigating these claims, Ms. Sheets has sought and been granted class certification involving noxious odors and industrial fallout. Recently Ms. Sheets was able to secure a settlement on behalf of thousands of Wayne County residents who were damaged by the particulate emitted from a neighboring facility. She has also received class certification on behalf of thousands of Oakland County residents who were being impacted by foul odors from a nearby business. Ms. Sheets and Mr. Liddle have also been appointed interim co-lead counsel in the Enbridge Oil Spill Litigation that was filed on behalf of residents impacted by the massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.
Ms. Sheets graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wayne State University in 1998 with an undergraduate degree in journalism. She received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2001. Ms. Sheets was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2001 and the US District Court Eastern District of Michigan in 2004 and the US District Court Western District of Michigan in 2010.
- Consumer Law
- Environmental Law
Additional Practice Areas
- Class Actions
- Flooding Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|Associate Attorney, Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, P.C.|
|Wayne State University||B.A.||Journalism|
|Honors: Magna Cum Laude|
|Wayne State University Law School - Wayne State University||J.D.|
|Member, Michigan State Bar|
WEBSITES & BLOGS
May flooding victims asked to join class-action lawsuit against North Olmsted, Cuyahoga County http://t.co/sLgzj29HFJ— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) July 2, 2014
MLD files class action lawsuit as a result of massive sewage backups that occurred within Dearborn. http://t.co/ddkapgvcVH— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) March 11, 2014
Laura Sheets was recently interviewed by the Attorney at Law Magazine regarding her practice with MLD. http://bit.ly/MNoJ7T— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) March 5, 2014
$2.5 Million class action settlement approved for Rockford, Illinois flood victims. http://bit.ly/1frD40z— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) February 26, 2014
FirstEnergy Unit Hit With Pa. Coal Plant Pollution Suit http://t.co/GozOQ6z7A1— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) February 17, 2014
Peter Macuga interviewed regarding upcoming trial in the class action lawsuit against the Uni Dig compost facility. http://bit.ly/McplEh— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) February 12, 2014
Steve Liddle discusses the class action lawsuit that will be filed soon against Lansing for the June flood. http://bit.ly/1aWr5we— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) September 19, 2013
Federal appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant. http://bit.ly/1avXLf4— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) August 22, 2013
Steps to protect your right to recovery for basement flooding damages. http://bit.ly/13Iyqw3— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) August 22, 2013
Flood Victims Seeking To Take Lansing To Court http://t.co/6V3LRF7WBa— Laura Sheets (@ClassActionMLD) July 25, 2013