January 07, 2019

An appeals court ruled that the city has no immunity in the case.

In October 2017, Flint resident and mother Shari Guertin filed a lawsuit against the Michigan city for inflicting harm upon her and her child by supplying them with toxic drinking water. On Friday (January 4), a Michigan appellate court upheld her right to move forward with the case.

The lawsuit, according to ThinkProgess, alleges that Guertin and her child had their “bodily integrity” violated when they were exposed to lead-contaminated water without being warned by officials. The plaintiffs claim personal injuries and damages from drinking and bathing in the water.

Attorneys Theodore J. Leopold and Michael Pitt, who are co-lead class counsel for a group of class action lawsuits brought on behalf of Flint residents and businesses, said in a statement, “The court’s decision is clear, the city of Flint does not get a free pass for reckless behavior and violating the constitutional rights of the citizens of Flint. This is another victory for the people of Flint who have suffered and been ignored long enough by city and state officials.

The full article can be accessed here.