Lower courts rejected arguments that government officials were immune for being sued.
As co-lead counsel in a class action lawsuit, attorney Michael Pitt represents thousands of Flint residents suing for damages from the water crisis. He says the high court’s decision is a major victory for Flint residents.
“They have been denied justice,” says Pitt “It’s time for the people of Flint to start feeling like they are going to get their day in court. This just moves the entire process closer to that day.”
But that day will likely not be soon. Pitt expects a trial will likely not begin until 2021. In the meantime, Pitt says depositions of possible defendants and others are taking place daily.
There is also another possible outcome from Tuesday’s decision. Pitt says there is also a possibility the Supreme Court’s decision may open the door wider for an out of court settlement.