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New mayor responds to class-action lawsuit filed against state, city for lead-tainted water

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Several people have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Flint and the state of Michigan in response to the city’s lead-tainted water.

"We are especially concerned with irreparable harm that our children have suffered and will continue to suffer well into the future," said attorney Trachelle Young.

On Monday, along with five other lawyers, Young announced the filing of a class action lawsuit against the state of Michigan and the city for damages caused from its lead tainted water.

"It's absolutely critical to the vital survival of the residents that have been harmed by this toxic water," Young said.

Jacqueline and Keith John Pemberton are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Once they learned about the danger in the drinking water, they started a ritual at home to protect themselves and their family, especially their grandkids.

"All the grandchildren get the speech when they come, don’t drink the water," Jacqueline Pemberton said.

Keith John Pemberton said, "That's all. We still want clean fresh water, but there is no way to get that obviously."

The attorneys bringing this suit said they know it won't be easy, but they insist it's the only way to bring justice to the people of Flint.

"I fully expect this to be a drag out fight to the bitter end," said attorney Michael Pitts.

New mayor Karen Weaver told TV5 that she can't speak a lot on the details of the lawsuit, but she believes both sides can work toward a solution.

"We going to do whatever we that's in the best interests of the city, even though we know citizens, they deserve something as well," Weaver said. "There should be something we can do where we come to the middle of the road."

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