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Class action lawsuit seeks damages after state leaders admitted lead was in Flint water

Those who live in Flint shared their stories Monday as a team of attorneys announced a new class action lawsuit in the fight for safe drinking water in Flint.

Those who live in Flint shared their stories Monday as a team of attorneys announced a new class action lawsuit in the fight for safe drinking water in Flint.

State leaders and leaders in The City of Flint have admitted Flint's drinking water had unsafe lead levels.

Now a class action lawsuit is looking at getting compensation for families who were drinking and bathing in this water who say their health has been compromised. The suit is also trying to ensure the water system gets an overhaul so the safety of Flint's drinking water will no longer be compromised.

This suit lists everyone from Governor Rick Snyder, to former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, and even the public information officer for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The attorneys say they have solid proof governmental leaders knew the drinking water was dangerous, but did nothing.

"We need to fight for our kids. We need to fight for our future," said Melissa Mays, activist.

Melissa Mays is the activist who led efforts to bring this team of attorneys together.

"This was a catastrophic failure from our government officials that were elected to protect us," said Trachelle C. Young, attorney.

Four families are listed on this class action suit right now, but this team of lawyers hopes that number will grow. They expect as many as 30,000 to eventually be listed. Judy Dotson is one of many in Flint who hopes to be part of that.

"We drink that water, we cooked with that water, it's just, it's unsafe," said Judy Dotson, Flint.

Dotson has Lupus and says she fears exposure to lead in the city's drinking water is making her immune system worse. It's stories like Judy's the attorneys say drove them to do this.

"This is really a moment of accountability. And if they're not going to step forward then we're going to demand it," said Young.

Despite the fact that they're going after the City of Flint and even the State of Michigan these attorneys are confident they have a strong case.

"Governmental immunity does not trump the Constitution of the United States," said Bill Goodman, attorney.

Dotson worries about herself but also her 9-year-old granddaughter.

"She was getting like lesions," said Dotson.

Lesions Dotson says doctors still can't explain. Now with this lawsuit she's hoping to get not only compensation, but answers.

The attorneys say they can't yet put an exact number on how much money this class action suit could bring but did say they expect it to be in the millions.

NBC25 reached out to all of the defendants we could listed on this lawsuit. Most calls were not returned. However, a spokesman for the City of Flint said they would not comment. Governor Rick Snyder also told us no comment Monday.

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