March 08, 2017

Law360, New York (March 8, 2017, 2:46 PM EST) -- An engineering firm fighting a putative class action brought by a group of people who claim they were injured by the Flint, Michigan, lead-tainted water crisis asked a Michigan federal judge on Tuesday to reverse a dismissal order and hear its argument on the merits, saying federal court was the correct arena to handle the allegations.

Veolia North America, LLC argued a dismissal order by District Judge John Corbett O’Meara was wrongly issued and that the case against the firm and government officials including Gov. Rick Snyder was correctly before the federal court. Veolia wants its motion to dismiss the case heard on the merits. The motion cites an exception to the Class Action Fairness Act that the defendants say carves out federal jurisdiction for a controversy that is largely local in nature.

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