Jury wins Flint Water case over engineers’ liability | app

DETROIT (AP) — Jurors heard closing arguments Thursday in the only trial to arise so far from the Flint water crisis, a dispute over whether two engineering companies should be held partially responsible for the city’s lead contamination in 2014-15.

Lawyers representing four Flint children said Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, known as LAN, had not done enough to get the city to deal with the highly corrosive water or seek a return to a regional water supplier.

This page requires JavaScript.

Javascript is required for you to play premium content. Please enable it in your browser settings.

kAm’6@=:2 2?5 {p}[ H9:49 A6C7@C>65 H@C< 7@C u=:?E[ H6C6 ?@E A2CE @7 2 k2 9C67lQ9EEADi^^2A?6HD]4@>^2CE:4=6^8C6E496?H9:E>6C56EC@:E>:49:82?7=:?E962=E9b3_c32b7462hd`hh35_afa422“hg6f6Qm=2 ? 5>2C :== :@ ? D6EE=6>6?Ek^2m:?G@=G:?8 u=:?E C6D:56?ED[ E96 DE2E6 @7 |:49:82? 2?5 @E96C A2CE:6D]k^am

kAmu=:?EVD H2E6C 3642>6 4@?E2>:?2E65 3642FD6 H2E6C AF==65 7C@> E96 u=:?E #:G6C H2D?VE EC62E65 E@ C65F46 E96 4@CC@D:G6 67764E@? =625 A:A6D]k^Am

kAmr:E:?8 4@DE[ 4:EJ >2?286CD 2AA@:?E65 3J E96?v@G] #:4 2 s6EC@:E 286?4J 2?5 DH:E4965 E@ E96 C:G6C H9:=6 2H2:E:?8 2 ? 6H A:A6=:?6 E@ {2

kAm~?6 @7 E96 A=2:?E:77DV =2HJ6CD[ |@:D96 |2:>@?[ E@=5 ;FC@CD E92E ‘6@=:2 D9@F=5 36 96=5 d_T C6DA@?D:3=6 7@C E96 =625 4@?E2>:?2E:@? @7 E96 7@FC 49:=5C6? 2?5 E92E {p} D9@F=5 36 96=5 adT C6DA@?D:3=6[ H:E9 AF3=:4 @77:4:2=D >2<:?8 FA E96 32=2?46]k^am

kAm’6@=:2[ 2=D@ A=2:?ED 23@FE H2E6C BF2=:EJ H6C6 >@F?E:?8[ |2:>@? D2:5]k^am

kAmr@4@F?D6= r@C6J $E6C? D2:5 E96 4@?EC24E@CD 5:5?VE H2?EE@ C@4

kAm“s:5 ‘}p 2?5 {p} 24E H:E9 :?E68C:EJn s:5 ‘}p 2?5 {p} 24E E@ AC@E64E E96 962=E9[ D276EJ 2?5 86?6C2= H6=72C6n” 96 D2:5]k^am

kAmqFE {p} 2EE@C?6J (2J?6 |2D@? D2:5 2? 6?8:?66C C6A62E65=J C64@>>6?565 E92E u=:?E E6DE E96 C:G6C H2E6C 7@C H66 :?6 H92E EC62E>6?ED H@F=5 36 ?646DD2CJ]k^Am

kAmw6 D2:5 @FED:56 6?8:?66CD H6C6 86EE:?8 =F>A65:? H:E9 2 “A=2E@@ ? @7 325 24E@CD[” ?2>6=J DE2E6 2?5 =@42= @77:4:2=D H9@ 4@?EC@==65 2== >2;@C 564:D:@?D 2?5 D66>65 >@C6 4@?46C?65 23@FE E96 4@DE @7 H2E6C E92? :ED BF2=:EJ]k^am

kAm“tG6CJ D:?8=6 8@G6C?>6?E 286?4J E92E E@F4965 E9:D AC@3=6> >256 :EH@CD6[” |2D@? D2:5]k^am

kAm’6@=:2 2EE@C?6J s2?:6= $E6 😕 D2:5 E96 7:C> H2D 3C:67=J 9:C65:? E96 >:55=6 @7 E96 4C:D:D[ ?@E 367@C6 E96 DA:8@E H2D EFC?65 @?] w6 2=D@ BF6DE:@?65 H96E96C E96 49:=5C6? 24EF2==J H6C6 A@:D@?65 3J =625 😕 E96 H2E6C[ 4:E:?8 3=@@5 C6DF=ED]k^am

kAm“’}p H2D E96C6 7@C @?6 H666?E — 2?5 J@F’C6 DFAA@D65 E@ 36=:6G6 E96 72F=E =:6D H:E9 E9:D 4@?DF=E2?En” $E6 😕 2C8F65]k^Am

kAm$?J56C H2D DF>>@?65 2D 2 H:E?6DD 3FE 564=:?65 E@ 2?DH6C BF6DE:@?D[ 4:E:?8 9:D C:89E 282:?DE D6=7:?4C:>:?2E:@?] w6 H2D:?5:4E65@? >:D56>62?@C 492C86D:? 2 D6A2C2E6 u=:?E H2E6C :?G6DE:82E:@?]k^Am

kAm%96 ;FCJ:?DE625 H2E4965 2G:56@@7 $?J56CVD a_a_:?E6CG:6H H:E9=2HJ6CD]k^Am

kAm“x H:D9 E9:D ?6G6C H@F=5 92G6 92AA6?65[” 96 D2:5 @7 E96 H2E6C >6DD[ 24:DE2<6D 3J 8@G6C?>6?E]k^am

kAm|@?52J H:== 36 E96 7:CDE 7F== 52J @7 ;FCJ 56=:36C2E:@?D:? 7656C2= 4@FCE:? p?? pC3@C[ |:49:82?] %96 EC:2= 3682? 😕 u63CF2CJ 2?5 =2DE65 >@?E9D H:E9 @442D:@?2= 52JD @77]k^Am

k9C ^m

kAmu@==@H t5 (9:E6 2E k2 9C67lQ9EEADi^^EH:EE6C]4@>^65HC:E6KQm9EEADi^^EH:EE6C]4@>^65HC:E6Kk^2mk^Am

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.