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Federal judge dismisses class action lawsuit over Flint water crisis

Judge sugested plaintiffs refile in state court

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FLINT, Mich. – A class action lawsuit seeking $150 million in damages from the Flint water crisis was dismissed Tuesday by a federal court judge.

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara said jurisdiction was improper because the plaintiff’s claims fall under the federal Safe Water Drinking Act and suggested the plaintiffs refile their case in state court.

(View the full order of dismissal below or click here to view it if you're on a mobile device.)

The suit alleged that tens of thousands of residents have suffered physical and economic injuries and damages. It argued officials failed to take action over “dangerous levels of lead” in drinking water and “downplayed the severity of the contamination.”

In the lawsuit, plaintiff’s sought compensation for Flint residents who paid water bills between April 2014 and November 2015.

The suit named Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the former Flint mayor, former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The complaint accused them of violating civil rights, wrecking property values and enriching themselves by selling a contaminated product.

Flint Class Action Lawsuit Order of Dismissal