April 01, 2020

A lawsuit filed by the estate of a Flint woman who died of Legionnaires’ disease during the city’s water crisis can go forward against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Court Judge Judith E, Levy dismissed some, but not all those sued on behalf of the late Odie Brown, who died at age 65 on Jan. 9, 2015, but allowed the case to continue against Snyder, certain employees of the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, former Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley and others.

“As for facts showing Governor Snyder’s callous disregard, it may be enough that he authorized the switch to the Flint River, knowing that ‘there was no agreed upon plan in place to implement the necessary remediation at the (Flint water treatment plant) in order to use Flint River water as Flint’s sole source of water,’” Levy wrote in her decision Friday, March 27. “But certainly the governor’s continued inaction following the switch reinforces this deliberate indifference. The fact that the governor authorized the switch to the Flint River knowing it was dangerous, and then did nothing for months despite ample notice of the harm Flint residents were experiencing states a claim of deliberate indifference.”

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