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Residents of Flint, Mich., Sue EPA over Water Crisis
February 1, 2017
The lawsuit asserts that the EPA failed to warn the…
EPA: No ‘Freeze’ on Flint Funding Under Trump
January 27, 2017
President Donald Trump’s administration conducted a brief review of Environmental…
Flint Water Finally Meets Federal Lead Standards, Officials Say, But Residents Are Wary
January 26, 2017
This week, Michigan state environmental officials announced that, more than…

Case Updates

Favorable ruling in the Michigan Court of Claims for the people of Flint
October 26, 2016
Michigan Court of Claims Judge Mark Boonstra  rejected the State…
Federal Court Remands State Claims Back to Genesee County Judge
October 6, 2016
U.S. District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara granted the Flint…
Legal Teams Files Amicus Brief in Related Case
October 3, 2016
The Flint Water Class Action Legal Team filed an Amicus…

Erin Brockovich Working with Lawyers to Get Justice for Families in Flint, Michigan

The crisis with the water in Flint can’t wait any longer.  Lawsuits have already been filed, and more plaintiffs are joining daily. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has joined with a group of law firms who have experience in fighting for the rights of people harmed by polluted and dangerous water.    

The original supplier of drinking water to the people of Flint was the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Then, in 2014, the Governor’s Emergency Manager switched the municipal water supplier, and residents’ drinking water source became the Flint River. At that time, pipes began leaching lead into the water supply.  Michigan official failed to add necessary chemicals to prevent the pipes from eroding. The water ate away at the pipes, allowing the highly corrosive water to flow into homes and drinking sources. Although the source of the water has now been changed back to Lake Huron, the damage is already done. Lead is still poisoning the water due to the corroded pipes. These pipes need to be replaced.

Lead From Pipes Poisoning Children

This case is not only about the ongoing issue of getting clean water for people to drink. It’s also about the damage already done – especially to the children. Lead poisoning is known to cause brain damage and neurological problems in young children. These are injuries they will never be able to completely overcome. That’s why there are strict governmental requirements regarding their access to lead – in paint, in products and now, apparently, in the water they drink.
Weitz & Luxenberg
 
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