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Lawsuit filed over Flint's water problems seeks compensation

A lawsuit says Flint's water problems are due to the negligence of state and local officials.

A federal lawsuit says Flint's water problems are due to the negligence of state and local officials.

Several families sued last week in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press reports they say they've suffered a range of medical conditions from the water. The lawsuit seeks compensation, a medical monitoring fund and more oversight of Flint's water system.

The Detroit News reports it seeks class-action status, naming more than a dozen city and state officials.

Flint switched from Detroit's water system last year to Flint River water in a cost-cutting move while under state emergency financial management. Officials maintained the water met safety standards, but children were found to have elevated blood-lead levels.

On Monday, groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the ACLU said they'll sue if issues aren't resolved.

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