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Jury can’t reach verdict in Flint Water Engineers trial


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Four families have accused Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, known as LAN, of not doing enough for Flint to treat the highly corrosive water.

The Flint Water Plant tower is seen, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Flint, Michigan. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File

DETROIT (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial on Thursday after jurors said they could not reach a verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering companies should take a share of liability in Flint’s lead-contaminated water.

Four families have accused Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, known as LAN, of not doing enough to have Flint treat the highly corrosive water or seek a return from a regional water supplier.

A mistrial has been declared in federal court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Veolia spokeswoman Tarrah Cooper Wright said.

After hearing months of evidence, the jury began deliberations on July 25 but also took a scheduled 11-day break before returning on Tuesday.

Flint’s water was contaminated in 2014-2015 because water taken from the Flint River was not treated to reduce the corrosive effect on lead pipes.

Veolia and LAN, which carried out work for Flint at the water plant, said bad decisions by state and local authorities caused the crisis.

Veolia and LAN were not part of a landmark $626 million settlement involving residents of Flint, the state of Michigan and other parties.



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