The following legal timeline is provided to give visitors a sense of the length and depth of the events surrounding the poisoning of the population of one of Michigan's largest cities.
April 1, 2019 – Federal Judge Levy Reinstated Case Against Former Governor Snyder
On August 1, 2018, Federal Judge Levy ruled in Carthan v Snyder that the proposed class action filed in 2016 could go forward on many claims. However, Judge Levy dismissed Governor Snyder from the case because the allegations in the Complaint did not clearly establish that he either participated in causing, prolonging, or covering up the Crisis once public disclosure was required. The Court made its August 1st decision based on a Complaint we drafted in 2016. Using facts developed after 2016, we asked the Court to review the allegations in a Complaint that included the new information. On April 1, 2019, Judge Levy reinstated the case against Governor Snyder. In doing so, she said this about the allegations regarding Governor Snyder’s responsibility for the Flint Water Crisis:
Initially, the Governor was indifferent because instead of mitigating the risk of harm caused by the contaminated water, he covered it up. In private, he worried about the need to return Flint to DWSD water and the political implications of the crisis. But in public, he denied all knowledge, despite being aware of the developing crisis. As a result, plaintiffs were lured into a false sense of security. They could have taken protective measures, if only they had known what the Governor knew. Instead, the Governor misled them into assuming that nothing was wrong. Governor Snyder’s administration even encouraged them to continue to drink and bathe in the water……. Viewed as a whole, the allegations plausibly describe “conscience shocking” conduct. Governor Snyder’s actions were deliberately indifference and exhibited a callous disregard for plaintiffs’ right to bodily integrity.”
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