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The ACLU plans to file a new Flint water crisis class action lawsuit

Oct 16, 2016

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan will announce plans for a new class action lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis.

The ACLU’s new lawsuit will focus on the education rights of Flint area school-age children and what is needed to ensure their right to free and quality education.

Mistakes in treating water taken from the Flint River resulted in corrosive water damaging pipes which leeched lead into the city’s drinking water.   Lead can cause neurological damage, especially in children under the age of six years old.   Children may suffer from developmental and behavioral issues. 

The ACLU has previous sued on violations of the federal Safe Water Drinking Act, focusing on the state's responsibility to provide safe water going forward. 

There are currently several other class action lawsuits and numerous individual lawsuits related to the Flint water crisis making their way through the courts.