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New class action lawsuit claims state intentionally poisoned residents

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A room full people and more than 400 other Flint residents said they are fed up with the water crisis.

“In the midst of all this, I have lost my husband, and a daughter,” said Louann Haynes.

And now, they're all part of a new class action lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Snyder, his staff, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in a U.S. District Court.

But this lawsuit is a little different than the others.

Instead of focusing on the effects the corrosive Flint River water caused, it looks at how the state came to the decision to make the switch.

“Because we believe we've uncovered a scheme, which is going to make everybody in this country really, really think about what their government is doing and what they're doing for and to them,” said Marc Bern, Bern Ripka LLP.

The switch, back in 2014, from Detroit to the Flint River is at the center of this lawsuit. It claims the state conspired to solve the city's financial struggles by selling residents poisoned water.

“This is the United States of America, we haven't been attacked by foreign people, but by those here in Michigan,” Bern said.

The governor’s office and representation declined to comment.

But the plaintiffs said they’ve had enough.

“And I feel like we've been lied to. I'm in the middle of it,” said Delanor Barnes. “It's just time for the people at the heads that we put in office to do their jobs. Properly.”

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