Flint residents updated on status of lawsuit filed against EPA

Published: Apr. 24, 2017 at 11:50 PM EDT
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(04/24/17) - A Flint mom --whose baby was born premature -- is among those searching for answers about the lawsuits and the future of the Flint Water Crisis.

Monday night we heard from attorneys who are working on these cases, one of the more recent is the 722 million dollar class action lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

Individuals who have filed in this lawsuit and others had a chance to ask questions and learn more about the status of their cases.

"First and foremost the guiltiest of them all is Governor Rick Snyder," remarked Michael Pitt, an attorney with the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team. Pitt opened the meeting by listing off the names of all 24 defendants named in lawsuits filed in the wake of the Flint water crisis, including the state of Michigan and the City of Flint.

"Last but not least is the US Government - sued for misconduct and negligence of the EPA," Pitt said.

Pitt noted last week the Department of Justice attorney representing the EPA turned over 60,000 documents to his team..

Right now the lawsuit - filed by Jan Burgess - and 1703 other individuals - will be joined by an additional 900 individuals before it's all said and done, according to Pitt.

Mother Tiantha Williams --whose son Taylor was born pre-mature after she was exposed to lead tainted water during her pregnancy - is one of the plaintiffs in the case as well as other pending lawsuits.

But Williams - who still has to prepare water for her baby's bath with bottled water - says its not about the money:

"It shouldn't be a money issue," she noted, "it probably is with some people but with me I just want my baby healthy, and myself, and I want it resolved."

But of course the lawsuits do involve money. Pitt told those in attendance Monday night that he believes the way this is going to play out --is that everyone will be put into one group, supervised by the court.

Then he thinks -- the state and federal government and the engineering companies named is these lawsuits will fund a compensation pool.