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Flint Class Says Engineers Owed Duty To Them, Not Just City


July 5, 2023

A class of Flint, Michigan, residents says engineering firms the city consulted to evaluate water quality and treatment should not be able to get out of professional negligence claims, arguing that the firms’ relationship with the city extended to its residents and created a duty to warn them that the water was unsafe.

Veolia North America, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam P.C and Leo A. Daly Company undertook an investigation into Flint’s water quality, giving them a duty to the class to foresee the potential dangers of Flint’s corrosive water, the residents said Friday in responses to the engineers’ motions for summary judgment on the remaining claims against the firms.

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The residents are represented by Theodore J. Leopold, Emmy L. Levens and Trent Rehusch of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Michael L. Pitt of Pitt McGehee Palmer Bonanni & Rivers PC, Stephen Morrissey of Susman Godfrey LLP, Peretz Bronstein of Bronstein Gewirtz & Grossman LLC, Paul F. Novak of Weitz & Luxenberg PC, Esther E. Berezofsky of Motley Rice LLC and Teresa A. Bingman of the Law Offices of Teresa A. Bingman PLLC.

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