Class action suit filed over Flint water crisis

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FLINT, Mich. — A class-action lawsuit stemming from Flint’s lead-contaminated water has been filed on behalf of residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as well as government officials and corporations.

The suit filed Monday alleges that tens of thousands of residents have suffered physical and economic injuries and damages. It argues officials failed to take action over “dangerous levels of lead” in drinking water and “downplayed the severity of the contamination.”

It seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

Snyder’s spokesman Ari Adler didn’t immediately respond to an Associated Press email seeking comment.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Flint residents since a public health emergency was declared last year.

Water problems in Flint began after the city switched its water supply from Detroit’s system in 2014 to save money.