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Judge throws out part of multi-million dollar suit in Flint water emergency

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Published: Nov. 15, 2019 at 8:05 AM EST
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(11/15/19) - A Genesee County judge has tossed out part of a multi-million dollar lawsuit tied to the Flint water emergency.

Back in 2016, former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a civil lawsuit against the companies Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrew & Newnam.

The lawsuit continued when current Attorney General Dana Nessel took office this year.

The suit claimed the engineering firms, which were hired as consultants, played a major role in creating the water crisis when the city switched its water source to the Flint River in April 2014.

The state was asking for $350 million to cover damages caused by high lead levels in the water.

According to court records, last week Judge Richard Yuille dismissed charges of negligence, professional negligence, public nuisance and fraud against the companies.

However, the judge allowed a single claim of unjust enrichment move forward.

The ruling did not impact other civil lawsuits tied to the water crisis. It came just months after the attorney general's office dismissed criminal charges against several top state employees.

Prosecutors handling those cases said they would continue to examine new evidence and could refile charges against those individuals.

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