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Subpoenas Served to Governor Snyder and MDEQ in Flint class action suit

Jan 25, 2016

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The legal team representing one of the class action lawsuits stemming from the Flint water crisis served subpoenas for records today on Governor Snyder, the Governor's Office and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

The documents will be delivered to class counsel by Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11 a.m.

The subpoena to Governor Snyder and the Governor's Office request the e-mails, text messages or other documents sent or received by the Governor, members of his staff, former Flint Emergency Managers Darnell Earley, Michael Brown, Gerald Ambrose and Edward Kurtz which relate to the Flint River as a source of drinking water, Flint River quality or the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA). The time frame that the Governor and his Office are requested to produce responsive e-mails, text messages and other documents from January 1, 2011 to the present.

The subpoena to MDEQ requests the e-mails, text messages and other documents sent or received by employees of MDEQ which relate to the Flint River as a source of drinking water, Flint River quality or the Karegnondi Water Authority. The request covers the time period of January 1, 2011 to the present.

The suit seeks compensation for the health and property damages resulting from exposure to lead-tainted city water. The complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges that the actions of 14 current or former state or Flint municipal employees endangered the health of city residents by exposing them to toxic, lead-tainted water.

According to the complaint, the defendants’ actions “deprived Plaintiffs of life, liberty and property without due process of law when they took from Plaintiffs safe drinking water and replaced it with what they knew to be a highly toxic alternative solely for fiscal purposes.”

The deposition notices and subpoenas are posted at http://flintwaterclassaction.com/.