October 02, 2017

Attorneys for 21 law firms have filed a consolidated class-action lawsuit against two engineering firms, Flint officials and state officials including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon over Flint’s lead-contaminated water.

In June, Federal Judge Judith Levy in Ann Arbor ruled that Flint residents have sufficiently argued that the conduct of government officials “was so egregious as to shock the conscience” — a key legal standard. Levy ordered the lawyers to consolidate the arguments after she dismissed other parts of the lawsuit.

About 100,000 Flint residents “have experienced and will continue to experience serious personal injury and property damage caused by defendants’ deliberate, reckless and negligent misconduct,” the complaint said. “Defendants caused a public health crisis by exposing (Flint residents) to contaminated water” and “exacerbated the crisis by concealing and misrepresenting its scope, failing to take effective remedial action to eliminate it, and then lying about it to cover up their misconduct,” it continued.

Theodore Leopold, a lead attorney in the case, said he’s pleased with the consolidation because it allows the case to proceed more quickly. “This case has been going on way too long, and unfortunately the governor nor any of the other defendants have been willing to step up and take responsibility,” Leopold said.

Among those named in the lawsuit are the Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam and Veolia North America engineering firms, Michigan Health Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Department of Environmental Quality Director Daniel Wyant, Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright, former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and former emergency managers Ed Kurtz, Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose.

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