2020

Faegre Drinker Serving as a Lead Counsel to Defendants in Flint Water Crisis Litigation

United States - Michigan

Our firm serves as lead counsel on behalf of all defendants in the Genesee County Court litigation related to the Flint water crisis. The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed to the Flint River. Plaintiffs’ allege that due to insufficient water treatment, over 100,000 residents were potentially exposed to high levels of lead in the drinking water.
 
Our firm has also acted in a lead role with respect to all cases filed in federal court in Michigan relating to the tragedy. There have been more than 500 cases filed involving thousands of plaintiffs and dozens of class actions seeking certification on behalf of 100,000 plaintiffs from Flint, Michigan. These cases include numerous complex issues including causes of action for personal injury, property damage, wrongful death, 1983 violations, conspiracy and RICO.
 
Our firm has been involved in determinations by various courts relating to dismissal of many of the governmental defendants (and immunity protection decisions), the Michigan Attorney General’s dismissal of criminal charges, case management orders, and selection of Bellwether trials. Many of these issues have received significant national news attention in the United States. Our firm continues in these important leadership roles as the litigation proceeds to the next step with Bellwether trials and a class certification hearing.
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