Packed courtroom listens as government attorneys seek to dismiss Flint water lawsuit

Published: Jul. 11, 2018 at 12:15 PM EDT
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(7/11/2018) - A federal courtroom in Ann Arbor is packed as government attorneys seek to dismiss a massive class action lawsuit stemming from the Flint water crisis.

The lawsuit involves tens of thousands of plaintiffs from Flint who used water tainted with lead after the city's water source switched to the Flint River in 2014.

The water was not properly treated, causing it to eat away the protective lining on lead-based water service lines leading into homes and businesses. That caused excessive amounts of lead to get in the water.

The plaintiffs are claiming the water caused physical, mental and property damage. They are seeking a court judgment ordering unspecified monetary compensation from the government.

But in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, attorneys for various government officials, the city of Flint and the state of Michigan are arguing to dismiss the suit. In all, 10 motions to dismiss were filed.

Twelve class action lawsuits filed as a result of the Flint water crisis were combined into this single case. Lead attorney Michael Pitt said the federal judge hearing the case will determine which claims will stand and who will remain defendants in the case.

A decision on the motions to dismiss the case is not likely on Wednesday.