2 more top MDEQ officials dropped from Flint water class action lawsuit

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DETROIT (WJRT) (1/8/2019) - Two top state officials facing trial on charges from the Flint water crisis can't be held personally liable in a civil lawsuit, a court ruled.

A panel of U.S. Court of Appeals judges dropped former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and former Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells as defendants in the lawsuit.

Genesee County District Court judges bound both Lyon and Wells over to full trials late last year after year-long preliminary hearings in criminal cases separate from the civil case.

The class action case was filed on behalf of Flint residents affected by the water crisis. Hundreds of plaintiffs have signed up seeking a financial judgment for damages caused by the water crisis.

Federal court judges previously removed former Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and state employees Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott from the civil lawsuit.

Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft, former Flint emergency managers Darnell Early and Gerald Ambrose, current and former Department of Environmental Quality employees Liane Shekter-Smith, Stephen Busch, Michael Prysby and Brad Wurfel are still listed as defendants.