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Federal Flint case against Snyder will go forward


A federal appeals court has said no to former Governor Rick Snyder’s request for a new hearing on a central question on whether he will face a class-action lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis.

Snyder, along with former state Treasurer Andy Dillon, wanted the court to rule that by virtue of their former positions, there are many questions they’re shielded from having to answer.  

Attorney Ted Leopold represents a group of Flint residents. He says the next step is for a federal judge to confirm or deny class action status.

“We hope by next spring or early summer – talking May, June of next year – to have our trial on the class action,” said Leopold.

Leopold says a class action could include anywhere from 70 thousand to 100 thousand people who can claim they were injured by how Snyder, Dillon, and the state caused and mismanaged the water crisis.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.