Thousands of victims of the Flint Water Crisis moved one step closer to securing justice after a federal judge paved the way for their consolidated class action lawsuit against government officials and private contractors to proceed.
The decision comes after several City and State officials, including Flint’s former mayor, state-appointed emergency managers and officials from the Department of Environmental Quality filed motions to be exempt from the lawsuit, claiming “government immunity.” On Tuesday, Judge Judith Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled to protect plaintiffs’ key claims and dismissed in part the defendants’ motions, writing in her opinion that certain “government officials disregarded the risk the water posed, denied the increasingly clear threat the public faced, protected themselves with bottled water, and rejected solutions that would have ended this crisis sooner.”
“The tragedy in Flint represents a startling failure and pattern of misconduct across multiple levels of government, and today’s decision brings us one step closer to holding those responsible accountable,” said Theodore J. Leopold, Co-Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs and Co-Chair of the Complex Tort Litigation practice at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. “Judge Levy’s ruling is a welcome affirmation that government must answer for its actions and we look forward to continuing to aggressively pursue justice for the victims of this crisis.”
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