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Lawsuit challenging Flint's water rates gets new life

Jun 12, 2015

A lawsuit challenging the price Flint residents pay for water is heading back to court.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision dismissing the lawsuit.

Soon after Michael Brown was appointed Flint’s emergency manager, he increased the rates the city’s residents paid for water.   Many Flint residents say their water is too expensive. 

Flint councilman Scott Kincaid and other city residents challenged the city’s former emergency manager’s authority to dramatically increase water rates.

The lower court found the emergency manager had the authority to do so under state law. 

But the appeals court disagrees.   The court ordered the suit back to the original court.

Neither the city nor the suit’s plaintiffs have commented on the Court of Appeals decision.