Lead contamination of Flint water draws multiple lawsuits

Courtesy of AP Graphics

DETROIT (AP) – Residents of Flint have filed lawsuits against almost anyone who may have had a role in supplying the city with water that contained dangerous amounts of lead.

The lawsuits name Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the former Flint mayor, rank-and-file public employees and others. The complaints accuse them of violating civil rights, wrecking property values and enriching themselves by selling a contaminated product.

One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank the toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease.

About 1,700 households have contacted a Detroit-area firm about joining a class-action case filed in November.

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