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Schuette files lawsuits against water firms that worked in Flint

Flint water

The state has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from two water engineering firms that did work in Flint.

The lawsuit accuses the companies Veolia and LAN of fraud and professional negligence.

It says the firms not only failed to detect lead contamination of the water, but also did things that made the problem worse.

Todd Flood is the special assistant attorney general in charge of the investigation.

He says the lawsuit seeks to recover the costs of dealing with the water crisis.

“We have a mighty stick and we are here on behalf of the state of Michigan and the citizens of Flint.”

Both companies released statements vigorously denying any misconduct.

They say every prior study blames the drinking water disaster on mistakes by government officials, not private contractors.

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