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Extend The Moratorium!!

On Monday, January 23rd, Federal Judge Denise P. Hood, will decide if the moratorium on water shutoffs in the city of Detroit will be extended or if the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department can resume water shutoffs as a means to collect past due water bills.

On December 12, 2022, a civil rights coalition, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Legal Defense Fund, and Michigan Poverty Law Program, filed a motion with the U.S. District Court asking that it order the City of Detroit not to resume water shutoffs when the moratorium ended on December 31, 2022.

At the Board of Water Commissioners meeting on January 18, 2023, the Commissioners confirmed that they plan to resume water shutoffs to collect unpaid water bills from Detroit residents not enrolled in the Lifeline Plan or any other water assistance plan.

The hearing will take place on Monday, January 23rd at the Eastern District of Michigan United States District Court, located at 231 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 am. Additional Details below.


Judge: Denise P. Hood

Date: Monday, January 23, 2023

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Suggested Arrival Time: 9:00 a.m.

NOTE: There is Limited Seating


Address: 231 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Parking: Lots & Street (no dedicated lot, no parking voucher, no parking validation)

Masking: Optional

Identification and Security Requirements

Valid picture identification is required for entry into court facilities within the Eastern District of Michigan, and all persons are required to pass through security similar to airport screening.

Firearms, knives (including pocket knives), explosives, and other weapons are prohibited. Also prohibited are potential weapons such as scissors, letter openers, mace/pepper spray and screw drivers.

Restrictions on Cell Phones and Other Communication Devices

Non-attorneys are not permitted to bring cell phones (including BlackBerrys) or any other device with wireless communication capabilities into court facilities within the Eastern District of Michigan.

As defined in the provisions of E.D. Mich. LR 83.31(f)(2) attorneys appearing in connection with any judicial proceeding or presenting evidence of bar membership may bring a cell phone or any other device with wireless communication capabilities into a court facility within the Eastern District of Michigan.

The following attorney conference rooms have been designated for attorney cellphone use:

Rooms 117, 218, 705 and 864


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