Flint Lawsuits Over Water Crisis Could Cost Michigan Hundreds Of Millions: Detroit Free Press

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DETROIT — The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has unleashed lawsuits that could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. "The only deep pocket in the vicinity of Flint is the State of Michigan," said Wayne State University law professor Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor. "This could be a tax liability on the citizens of Michigan. This is the worst nightmare when a bureaucracy goes completely off the rails and makes decisions that cause widespread harm." At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed in local, state and federal courts on behalf of Flint residents who drank lead-tainted water for nearly two years. The complaints name a long list of state and local agencies and officials, from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to Flint city employees. Some of the suits seek to hold Snyder and others personally liable for damages. They could also face criminal charges as state and federal prosecutors…

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