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Flint Water Cases

In April 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan--led by a state-appointed Emergency Manager--changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water (sourced from Lake Huron and the Detroit River) to the Flint River. Officials failed to apply corrosion inhibitors to the water. As a result, lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply, leading to extremely elevated lead levels.

A great deal of complex federal and state court civil litigation followed. This special collection includes the group cases--the class actions and consolidated matters. (In addition, many criminal cases were filed against local and state officials in regard to the crisis, though the Clearinghouse does not cover those.)
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Hatcher v. Genesee County
5:18-cv-11986 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 06/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
Genesee County
Jail Conditions
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0018
Genesee County
Coding Complete
On June 25, 2018, detainees in the Genesee County Jail in the City of Flint who bathed in and consumed lead-contaminated water filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sued Genesee County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and sought compensatory and punitive damages ... [view]
2 Brown v. Snyder
5:18-cv-10699 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 11/02/2017 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Michigan
State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0019
Coding Complete
On November 2, 2017, five residents of Flint, MI filed this lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims. The plaintiffs sued the State of Michigan and state employees for personal injuries and property damage arising out of the Flint Water Crisis under Michigan state law. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sought declaratory relief, ... [view]
3 Flint Water Crisis Legionella Cases
[see docket] (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 09/07/2017 - Case Ongoing
Governor Richard D. Snyder
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0021
Eaton County
Coding Complete
This entry describes Flint water crisis cases focused on Legionella claims against McLaren Hospital. To read about related Flint water crisis cases, click here. Like the umbrella litigation, Waid v. Snyder, described there, the cases covered here are in front of Judge Judith Levy ... [view]
4 Burgess v. United States
4:17-cv-11218-LVP-RSW (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0020
Coding Complete
This group of 1,704 plaintiffs, led by a Flint homeowner, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Federal Tort Claims Act in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in connection with the Flint water crisis on April 18, 2017. This lawsuit is distinct from the Flint water cases in front of Judge Judith Levy, ... [view]
5 D.R. ex rel. Richardson v. Michigan Department of Education
2:16-cv-13694-AJT-APP (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 10/18/2016 - Case Ongoing
Genesee Intermediate School District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
Environmental Justice
ED-MI-0007
Genesee County
Coding Complete
On October 18, 2016, families in Flint, Michigan filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The case was assigned to Judge Arthur J. Turnow. The plaintiffs sued the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Flint Community Schools (FCS), and the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) ... [view]
6 Guertin v. State of Michigan
16-cv-12412 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 06/27/2016 - Case Ongoing
State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0025
Ingham County
Coding Complete
On June 27, 2016, a resident of Flint who drank and bathed in lead-contaminated water filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of herself and her minor child. (The complaint named, but did not describe, a second individual plaintiff who was also a resident of Flint exposed to unsafe water.) The ... [view]
7 Washington v. Snyder
5:16-cv-11247 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/06/2016 - Closed
State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0012
Ingham County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
8 Nappier v. Snyder
1:16-cv-00636 (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/23/2016 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Michigan
State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0028
Flint
Coding Complete
On March 23, 2016, a resident of Flint, Michigan filed this class action lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims on behalf of her child and all other children in Flint who suffered brain damage from drinking unsafe tap water during the Flint water crisis. The plaintiff sued numerous state officials, including the Governor and Flint emergency ... [view]
9 Mason v. Lockwood
5:16-cv-10663 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 02/18/2016 - Case Ongoing
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, P.C.
Public Benefits / Government Services
Environmental Justice
PB-MI-0024
Oakland County
Coding Complete
On February 18, 2016, a group of Flint, Michigan residents filed this class action lawsuit in the Michigan Circuit Court for the County of Genesee. The plaintiffs sued Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, P.C. and a related corporate entity under state law. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs alleged that Lockwood, a company that helped Flint ... [view]
10 Waid v. Snyder (In re Flint Water Cases)
5:16-cv-10444-JEL-MKM (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 02/08/2016 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0014
Coding Complete
This entry describes the consolidated federal class action lawsuits arising out of the Flint water crisis. Background Flint, Michigan historically purchased safe drinking water from Detroit. But in 2014, Flint began to draw water from the Flint River. The Flint River's water was corrosive, but Flint did not properly treat it. The water ... [view]
11 Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri
2:16-cv-10277-MAG-SDD (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 01/27/2016 - Case Ongoing
The State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0011
Coding Complete
On January 27, 2016, Concerned Pastors for Social Action filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the state of Michigan and the City of Flint under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. §300j-8(a). The plaintiffs, represented by counsel from the ACLU, the Natural Resources ... [view]
12 Mays v. Flint
5:16-cv-11519 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2018
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Public Benefits / Government Services
Environmental Justice
PB-MI-0016
Coding Complete
This is a suit arising out of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Plaintiffs, who sought to represent a class of Flint water users, initially filed suit in Genesee County Court in Flint on January 19, 2016. They alleged tort claims of gross negligence, fraud, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress by state officials ... [view]
13 Collins v. City of Flint
16-106077-CZ (State Court)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2018
no defendants on record
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0022
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
14 Boler v. Governor
16-000126-MK (State Court)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2018
no defendants on record
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0023
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
15 Mays v. Snyder
16-000017-MM (State Court)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2018
no defendants on record
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0029
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
16 Long et al v. Pickell
2:16-cv-10842 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2017
Sheriff of Genesee County
Genesee County Jail
Jail Conditions
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0017
Genesee County
Coding Complete
On March 8th, 2016, two Genesee County Jail detainees filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves and other detainees in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the Sheriff of Genesee County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the Civil Rights Clinic of Michigan State University, ... [view]
17 Mays v. Snyder
5:15-cv-14002 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 11/13/2015 - Closed 2018
City of Flint
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0015
Genesee County
Coding Complete
On November 13, 2015, ten residents of Flint, Michigan filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued Governor Rick Snyder, the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), several MDEQ officials, the Emergency Managers of Flint, the Mayor of Flint, ... [view]
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