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Flint Water Crisis Class Action Avoids Immunity Hurdle

May 26, 2020, 8:02 PM

City and state officials aren’t immune from claims in a consolidated class action that their alleged indifference to the Flint, Michigan, water crisis violated residents’ right to bodily integrity, the Sixth Circuit affirmed.

Residents claim city and state officials authorized the switch to the Flint River as the city’s sole source of water in 2014, despite knowing that the water was dangerous and corrosive. The aftermath of the switch lead to a Legionnaire’s outbreak and exposed residents to high levels of lead, according to the lawsuit.

City officials said they were entitled to qualified immunity because they acted based on ...

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