FLINT, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – The state of Michigan has
filed a lawsuit against Veolia and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman (LAN), Michigan
Attorney General Bill Schuette stated recently in an announcement, joined by
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, Special Assistant Attorney General Noah
Hall, Special Counsel Todd Flood, Chief Investigator Andy Arena, Chief Deputy
Investigator Ellis Stafford and the Flint Investigation Team.
The lawsuit charges both Veolia and LAN with professional
negligence and fraud in the lead-up to Flint’s lead poisoning problem.
“Many things went tragically wrong in Flint, and both
criminal conduct and civil conduct caused harm to the families of Flint and to
the taxpayers of Michigan,” Schuette said. “In Flint, Veolia and LAN were hired
to do a job and failed miserably. Their fraudulent and dangerous
recommendations made a bad situation worse.”
The state claims Veolia and LAN either knew or should have
known about the high chloride levels in Flint River water, irresponsibly
interfered with the public right to health, safety and comfort in Flint and
made false and misleading statements to the public regarding Flint’s drinking
The lawsuit seeks to recover monetary damages.