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Court: Flint class-action can proceed over lead in water

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 17:17:14-04

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint residents whose health and homes were harmed by lead-contaminated water have scored a legal milestone.

The Michigan Supreme Court said Wednesday that they can proceed with a lawsuit against public officials for the disastrous decisions that caused the scandal.

The court’s opinion is a key procedural step in long-running litigation that now will return to the Court of Claims. The court says Flint residents can pursue a claim of diminished property values and a violation of bodily integrity.

Justice Richard Bernstein says the case raises "some of the most disturbing allegations of malfeasance by government actors in Michigan’s history."