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Court rules Flint residents can sue city, but not Snyder over lead water

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Court rules Flint residents can sue city, but not Snyder over lead water

Flint residents who used lead-contaminated water can legally sue and seek financial damages against state employees and the city of Flint, but not against Gov. Rick Snyder and state agencies, a federal appeals court ruled.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, July 28, in a 3-0 decision, reversed a lower federal court ruling that dismissed a 2015 class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of Flint residents against the state, city of Flint and city officials who made decisions to switch Flint's water source.


The 6th circuit court ruling applies to two cases.  Actual court documents at link below.

Melissa Mays v. Rick Snyder
Beatrice Boler v. Darnell Earley



Not a lot of coverage of this.  Articles that came out about this are dated on Friday.  The poisoning of Flint residents continues.

State of Michigan: No more free bottled water for Flint residents


The state announced Friday that the health of Flint's drinking water has been restored and state distribution of free bottled water in the city is ending, likely within a few days.

The announcement drew immediate outrage from residents who say the water is still not safe to drink, four years after it became contaminated with lead as a result of errors made by the state Department of Environmental Quality and other agencies.

And a run on remaining free bottled water was under way in Flint on Friday afternoon, with long lines of vehicles forming outside depots that were scheduled to close at 6 p.m.

"It's too quick," said Flint activist Melissa Mays of the group Water You Fighting For.

"They're putting dollars and cents ahead of Flint residents, which is how we got here in the first place," said Mays, who is concerned about lead spikes resulting from the ongoing removal of Flint's lead water lines, plus other water contaminants, such as bacteria.

All four remaining water distribution centers will close as soon as existing supplies run out, Gov. Rick Snyder's office said in a news release.

Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, said she believes there is a four- to seven-day supply of water currently.

More at link -->  https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2018/04/06/flint-water-bottled-drinking/493954002/

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Effie Trinket

Terrorist traitor Trump can steal a trillion plus dollars from American taxpayers (hows that "tax cut" working out?  New World Order giveth, New World Order taketh away...) but can't send a billion or more to fix poisoned water in Flint.

Oh and the untold savage austerity that he's deliberately causing for his bosses at the CFR with Tarrifs who's real intention is to decimate the remnants of the already decimated middle class.

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This happened just days before the decision was made to stop supplying bottled water to Flint residents.


Michigan approves controversial Nestle water pumping permit


LANSING, MI -- Twenty-one months after Nestle Waters asked state officials to increase the volume of water pumped from a well in Osceola County, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has granted the necessary permit.

The DEQ announced the permit issuance Monday, April 2.

The permit will allow Nestle to increase the water withdrawal rate at White Pine Springs well No. 101 from 250 to 400 gallons-per-minute. The well is located in Osceola County, northwest of Evart.

But before increasing the flow rate, Nestle must first submit a monitoring plan to the Department of Environmental Quality for approval.

More at the link --> http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/04/state_approves_nestles_controv.html

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The wheels of injustice turn slowly in the US. Almost two years later a judge has decided that former governor Snyder can be sued.
A video is in the article of people who have lived this war crime against of the people of Flint. Remember this when the US government claims it is worried about the people of Venezuelans getting food and water.

Flint residents can sue former Gov. Snyder over water disaster, judge rules


A judge says former Gov. Rick Snyder can be sued by residents in the Flint water scandal, reversing a decision from last summer.

Residents claim Snyder violated their right to bodily integrity by repeatedly doing nothing as Flint used corrosive water that released lead from old pipes. Judge Judith Levy says a right to bodily integrity is a "fundamental interest" protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Levy says members of Snyder's administration had warned that switching Flint to the Flint River "could lead to a potential disaster." The city was under state management in 2014 and 2015. Snyder's Department of Environmental Quality failed to require corrosion control.

More at the link --->  https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2019/04/01/flint-residents-can-sue-former-gov-snyder-over-water-disaster-judge-rules/3337667002/

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The US government is not above poisoning its own citizens to make them submit to tyranny.   Please make sure you are filtering your water.


QuoteMichigan's Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder Knew About Flint's Toxic Water—and Lied About It


Hundreds of confidential pages of documents obtained by VICE, along with emails and interviews, reveal a coordinated, five-year cover-up overseen by Snyder and his top officials to prevent news of Flint's deadly water from going public—while there was still time to save lives—and then limit the damage after the crisis made global headlines.

All told, the waterborne bacterial disease may have killed at least 115 people in 2014 and 2015, and potentially more whose pneumonia wasn't officially considered Legionnaires' disease, the illness caused by Legionella. In addition to the outbreak, Flint's water supply was contaminated with lead and other heavy metals, harmful bacteria, carcinogens, and other toxic components. This wreaked havoc on Flint residents, leaving them with a laundry list of illnesses, including kidney and liver problems, severe bone and muscle pain, gastrointestinal problems, loss of teeth, autoimmune diseases, neurological deficiencies, miscarriages, Parkinson's disease, severe fatigue, seizures, and volatile mood disorders.

Beyond this, the long-term effects of heavy-metal poisoning takes years to develop, meaning many ill residents' conditions are worsening as the years go on. Many have said they still rely on bottled water to avoid using the water that comes through their pipes and into their homes, schools, and businesses.

VICE has learned that prosecutors leading the criminal investigation secretly subpoenaed key members of Snyder's inner circle, including chief of staff Dennis Muchmore, Snyder's "fixer" and top adviser Rich Baird, and state treasurer Andy Dillon, as they built a case against the governor. Documents reveal the governor's chief legal counsel, Beth Clement, knew Snyder's top officials were subpoenaed by prosecutors, suggesting Snyder knew as well (a spokesperson for Clement, now a judge, said she couldn't comment on a case pending in any court). The aggressive investigation into Snyder may explain why the governor's office's legal fees, paid for by state taxpayers, came to at least $8.5 million in the years after the water crisis made national headlines.

Snyder and his administration were investigated by a team led by special prosecutor Todd Flood from 2016 to 2019. The team concluded that the administration had "committed conspiracies of ongoing crimes, like an organized crime unit," a source with knowledge of the probe told VICE.

But before a case against Snyder could develop, the state's newly appointed attorney general, Dana Nessel, fired top prosecutors and investigators pursuing the case.

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MI Gov. Rick Snyder "Definitely" Knew Adviser Was Paying Off Sick Flint Residents--Christina Sayyae

(Governor Rick Snyder's top adviser, Richard Baird, presented her family with an offer, disguised as a health pilot program, that was actually an attempted pay off.)

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