October 07, 2018

Victims of water crisis file amended complaint detailing new allegations

Victims of the Flint water crisis have filed an amended complaint in their class-action lawsuit detailing new allegations concerning the role of some of Michigan’s highest state officials including Gov. Rick Snyder, in the ongoing public health crisis involving Flint’s water.

The new filing bolsters claims that Flint’s African American residents were denied equal protection under the law.

Relying on new information that emerged during class action plaintiffs’ ongoing investigation and in related criminal cases, the proposed amended complaint seeks to have Snyder and other senior officials reinstated as defendants after a federal judge ruled earlier this year to narrow elements of the suit. 

“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,” said Theodore J. Leopold, partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and co-lead plaintiffs’ attorney. “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.”

The full article can be accessed here.