For Immediate Release – Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Attorney Marc Bern and Attorney Chet Kern, from the New York based law firm, Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP, speak at a press conference where they announce a racketeering lawsuit targeting Governor Rick Snyder and various other state and local officials regarding the lead contamination of the city’s drinking water supply, in Flint, Michigan. Photo credit (Rachel Woolf/The Flint Journal via AP).

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Marc Bern Announces Racketeering Lawsuit

Residents of Flint, Michigan, filed a racketeering lawsuit Wednesday, April 6, 2016, targeting Governor Rick Snyder and other state and local officials over lead contamination of the city’s drinking water.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Flint, the suit is one of several arising from the decision to switch the Flint water supply from the Detroit water system to the Flint River in April 2014 in an effort to cut costs. The move was said to be temporary, until Flint could join a new water authority whereby the water would be piped from Lake Huron.

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The lawsuit, alleges Snyder, his former Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and others attempted to balance the Flint city budget through a pattern of racketeering activity.

Attorney Marc J. Bern said of Snyder, “He wants to run the state like a business!” and “Well – The citizens of Flint, as shareholders in the corporation of the state of Michigan, I don’t think they were treated in an appropriate way.”

In addition, the lawsuit alleges that officials misrepresented the suitability of the Flint River water as the city’s drinking water source for approximately two years and ultimately billed Flint residents at rates that were the highest in the nation for unusable water, resulting in the city’s budget deficit being reversed.

Ultimately, the lawsuit claims the actions resulted in a $3.3 million surplus for the city.

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