A federal appeals court won't offer previous Governor Rick Snyder a brand-new hearing in a class action lawsuit over the Flint water crisis. That suggests the lawsuit submitted against Snyder and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon can move forward
. Snyder and Dillon argued to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that they were protected by virtue of their positions from needing to answer some concerns in depositions. A panel of the court had already declined the claim. This most current demand was refused by a vote of all the judges on the appeals court, which covers the majority of Michigan, Kentucky,
Ohio, and Tennessee. “This suggests that they are called offenders in the claim and when we go to trial, they will be a party in the courtroom, and we will be seeking
a judgement versus each of them for their actions or absence thereof in the Flint water crisis,”stated lawyer Ted Leopold, who represents a group of Flint locals who wish to sue Snyder and Dillon. “We hope by next spring or early summer season– talking May, June of next year– to have our trial on the class action.” Leopold says the class action lawsuit might consist of 70,000 to 100,000 people looking for damages.