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Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

Michigan Department of Envtl. Quality v. Flint, City of

A district court held that the city of Flint, Michigan, must choose a long-term water source and gave the city a week in which to do so. After the events of the Flint water crisis, EPA notified the city that it would need to make a...

Seneca Resources Corp. v. Highland Township

A district court held that a township's Home Rule Charter prohibiting deposition of any waste from oil and gas extraction within the township and invalidating any state permit to the contrary was preempted by the SDWA. In 2014, EPA...

Mays v. Flint, City of

The Sixth Circuit held that residents of Flint, Michigan, may pursue class claims against state actors in state court. In January 2016, several plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in state court stemming from the Flint water crisis...

McMillian v. Snyder

A district court granted state defendant's motion to dismiss in a case involving water contamination in Flint, Michigan. Plaintiffs alleged violations of the SDWA as well as state tort claims. The court dismissed the SDWA claims for...

Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines v. Sac County Board of Supervisors

The Iowa Supreme Court held that a city utility cannot sue upstream drainage districts over excess nitrate pollution in the utility's water source. The utility attempted to sue entities that drain wetlands so they can be turned into...

Comm. To Protect Our Agricultural Water v. Occidental Oil and Gas Corp.

A district court dismissed a case alleging racketeering and civil rights violations against state officials and oil companies in connection with illegal increases in oil production to maximize profits and tax revenue and allowing the...

Concerned Pastors v. Khouri

The Sixth Circuit upheld a district court ruling denying Michigan’s motion to stay a preliminary injunction ordering water system operators in Flint, Michigan,...

Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri

A district court denied Michigan’s motion to stay a preliminary injunction ordering water system operators in Flint, Michigan, to provide bottled water to residents whose homes do not have properly installed and maintained water filters...

Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri

A district court held that citizen groups may go forward with their SDWA lawsuit against various Flint, Michigan, officials for mishandling the city's water treatment and distribution system. The defendants filed motions to dismiss,...

Boler v. Earley

A district court held it lacks subject matter jurisdiction over a class action lawsuit that stems from the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. The plaintiffs alleged that the city violated their constitutional rights and...