State might not defend DEQ workers in Flint water suit

by Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press  |  published on February 2, 2016

A new legal migraine could be kicking in for seven Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees who are being sued over the Flint water crisis.

According to a federal court filing, State Attorney General Bill Schuette said his office “likely” can’t defend the DEQ workers and that they need to find their own lawyers to represent them in a pending lawsuit filed by Flint residents. Schuette has asked a federal judge to decide the issue of whether his office has to defend the DEQ employees — which is typically done when a state agency or its employees get sued — or if they should get their own attorneys.

“We’re not just opening the door and sending them out into the world with no assistance,” Schuette spokeswoman … said of the DEQ employees. “We’re going to work with the governor’s office to make sure these folks have lawyers.”

DEQ officials declined comment citing pending litigation, but said it is reviewing Schuette’s recommendation that the DEQ employees get their own attorneys.

  • BHR

    The upper people for the DEQ are running for cover. The whole organization is corrupt.

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