You Wont Believe How Snyder’s Trying to Dodge a Flint Water Crisis Lawsuit [OPINION]
Governor Rick Snyder and his lawyers are trying to get out of a Flint water crisis lawsuit in what is, perhaps, the most Snyder-y way I can imagine.
Flint residents filed a class-action against Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and former Flint emergency managers Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose seeking damages over the mishandling of Flint's water on January 15, 2016. The federal suit reads, “For more than 18 months, state and local government officials ignored irrefutable evidence that the water pumped from the Flint River exposed the Plaintiffs and the Plaintiff Class to extreme toxicity, causing serious and dire injury and health hazards, and property damage to the Flint water users.”
Trying to figure out who exactly did what in the Flint water crisis has proven more difficult than grabbing an eel swimming in a tub of melted butter, so it makes sense that the lawsuit is just going after a bunch of the involved parties. Will this lawsuit fix Flint's problems? No, but the people of this city have been dealt with so poorly and unfairly during the crisis that they're ready to do some dealing of their own -- and that's perfectly understandable. Righteous even.
According to the Detroit News, Snyder's legal team is saying that the lawsuit should be dismissed because it was not filed within six months of the "cause of action," which in this case would be the April 2014 switching of the city's water source from Detroit water to the Flint River. The complaint said, “Plaintiffs did not give timely notice of their claims. There is no legal basis for extending the notice period.”
Wait, are they really trying to play that card? People were screaming about the water in Flint for roughly 15 months before anyone started listening... including Snyder. For his camp to say we didn't act in time is infuriating, and severely hypocritical.
This tactic feels more like a spit in Flint's face than it does a justifiable legal move. The residents did not have all of the information in April 2014 that they now have readily available. The defendants in the lawsuit ignored studies on the Flint River and the capabilities of our water treatment plant to save money. That wasn't exactly common knowledge in the community at the time, but you better believe Snyder and his people had that info. Saying the residents of Flint can't sue because they didn't catch you in the act is a disgusting cop out, and a prime example of why Snyder is so detested in Genesee County.
While there may, technically, be a statute of limitations on filing this type of lawsuit -- there's no statute of limitations on being a slimy douchebag, of which Snyder will forever be guilty in the eyes of many Flint residents.
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