DETROIT, Feb. 17, 2016 -- Today, Attorney Steve Liddle of Liddle & Dubin, P.C., a law firm that concentrates on environmental class actions, and Ven Johnson of Johnson Law, PLC, personal injury Super Lawyer, announced a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of victims of the Flint water crisis.
The lawsuit seeks to recover for personal injuries (including those related to lead poisoning) and property damage inflicted on Flint residents when Flint's water source was switched without being property treated. The Defendants include the State of Michigan, the City of Flint, two state agencies, two private companies, and a number of current or former government employees, all of whom ignored multiple red flags regarding lead contamination in Flint's water supply.
While other lawsuits, including those hoping to become class actions, have been filed, no case has been granted class action status yet by any state or federal court. This means that Flint residents that want to ensure they have their day in court, should retain their own lawyer immediately.
"The Defendants are likely to ask the Court to make these cases proceed individually, and not as a class action," says class action attorney Steven Liddle, who notes that hundreds of Flint residents have already contacted his firm. "Imposing liability on the state is difficult, but we are prepared to fight for our clients individually, if that is ultimately what is required."
Personal Injury expert, Attorney Ven Johnson stated, "As someone who grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, my heart goes out to all Flint residents who were betrayed by bureaucrats and the independent companies hired by these politicians. Increased lead levels in our blood stream are strongly linked with severe and permanent damage to our vital organs, but especially our brains. This is particularly true for small children, who are more susceptible to developmental delays and brain damage from lead exposure."
Johnson Law is proud to team with Liddle and Dubin and their significant class action experience. Together, we'll fight for Flint residents until all guilty parties are held accountable.
The law firms will be holding an informational meeting at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church 4133 Calkins Road in Flint on February 29 at 6:00.
At the meeting, Flint residents can learn more about important steps that they need to take in order to protect their rights. The attorneys note that there are a number of important deadlines to consider, and those deadlines will be discussed at the meeting.
Interested Flint residents can find out more by visiting www.LDClassaction.com/flint.
Liddle & Dubin, P.C. is a Detroit based law firm that focuses on environmental class actions throughout the country. They have helped tens of thousands of people hold the government and private companies responsible for environmental contamination.
Johnson Law, PLC, also based in Detroit, has worked on some of the biggest, most complex, and high profile personal injury cases in America. Over the past few years, Ven Johnson and his hand-picked team have tried and won numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts, including Michigan's largest personal injury jury verdict in 2015, $22.6 million.