Governor Snyder, state officials sued in class action lawsuit over Flint water crisis

The group is named in a class action lawsuit surrounding the Flint Water Crisis.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lawsuit filed this week, by lawyers representing Flint residents, seeks to obtain documents relating to the Flint water crisis dating back to Jan. of 2011.

The plaintiffs blame Gov. Rick Snyder and members of his staff and administration for a slow response to the city's water emergency. They say that slow response not only violated their 14th Amendment rights but also endangered their health and property.

The requested documents include all relevant emails, text messages and written correspondence between concerned parties.

Gov. Snyder and members of the state legislature are exempt from Freedom of Information Act laws, which require public release of government documents.

However, in an interview this week with the Detroit Free Press, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, Michael Pitt, said he expects to get the information they are seeking.

"The governor says he has immunity from the Freedom of Information Act, but he doesn't have immunity from our lawsuit," said Pitt, to the Free Press.

In addition to the documents the lawsuit is seeking monetary damages.

WZZM


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