October 07, 2018

Flint (AP) – Residents and businesses affected by the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint are asking a judge to reinstate Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and other Michigan officials as defendants in a class-action lawsuit.

Lawyers said Sunday that an amended complaint includes evidence not in the original lawsuit. They say it shows Snyder and his staff knew about health risks for months before making an official announcement.

"The citizens of Flint were both forgotten and mistreated by those involved in the Flint water disaster. To this day, residents continue to suffer because of the reckless decisions of senior state and local officials,” Theodore J. Leopold, partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and co-lead Plaintiffs’ attorney, said in a statement on Sunday

“We hope to restore as defendants the senior leaders responsible for responding to Flint’s water crisis and enforcing State and federal environmental laws to provide a measure of justice to those still struggling to recover and eventually some much-needed relief," Leopold said.

Judge Judith Levy dropped Snyder and others from the case in August, saying the 2016 suit didn’t claim Snyder knew of risks when the city switched to Flint River water in 2014. The corrosive water caused lead to leach from old plumbing.

The new complaint also alleges the administration’s delayed response may have been racially motivated.

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