June 02, 2020

The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon cannot be shielded from certain depositions in civil litigation related to the Flint water crisis.

A three-judge panel denied Snyder and Dillon's request that they be shielded from depositions in which they would be used as "non-party fact witnesses" in civil litigation connected to the water crisis, which resulted in lead-contaminated drinking water as well as two Legionnaires' disease outbreaks that experts pinned on the city's water source change. 

Theodore Leopold, co-lead counsel in the Flint civil cases, said the team was pleased with the denial of "former Gov. Snyder’s last attempt to avoid being questioned under oath about his role in the Flint disaster."

"We will now look forward to questioning Gov. Snyder at the end of this month," Leopold said.

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