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A federal judge may have dealt a serious blow to people suing over the Flint water crisis.

U.S. District judge John Corbett O’Meara dismissed the class-action suit after finding the claims made by Flint residents couldn’t be resolved in federal court. 

At issue are claims made by the plaintiffs in the case that their constitutional rights and state law were violated by being required to pay for water that turned out to be tainted with lead. They believed that would fall under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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There’s so much confusion about Flint’s water and sewer rates that the city is suspending mailing bills to the city’s residents.

During the past year, there’s been almost as much happening to Flint’s water and sewer bills as the city’s water pipes.

A judge last year ordered the city to roll back a 2011 and also ruled the current rates were OK.  

The city is trying to collect on some old delinquent accounts. 

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The city of Flint may soon resume shutting off water to delinquent customers.

Later this month, Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman will hand down a ruling finding Flint water customers are due a small rollback in their rates. In August, the judge ruled the 35% rate hike in 2011 was not done properly.

But the ruling will also allow the city to shut off water to people who owe money dating back to 2012.  

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This week, a judge will hear more arguments over whether the city of Flint may resume shutting off water to delinquent customers.

Last August, Genesee Circuit Judge Archie Hayman  ordered the city to stop disconnecting water customers who didn’t pay their water bills.

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This week, a judge will consider whether the city of Flint may resume shutting off water to people who haven’t paid their bills.

In August, Genesee Circuit Judge Archie Hayman ordered the city of Flint to stop disconnecting delinquent water customers. The judge found the city had illegally increased rates in 2011 and directed the city to rollback the 35% increase. 

Since September, Flint water customers have been paying the lower rate. But not everyone has been paying. 

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Fewer and fewer people are paying their water bills in Flint. 

Flint’s water bill collections are down by $1.75 million since a judge issued an injunction in August rolling back rates and ordering an end to disconnections.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has dealt a blow to Flint’s legal fight against an order to lower city water rates.

The Court of Appeals turned down the city’s request to appeal an August ruling by Judge Archie Hayman. 

Hayman ordered the city to roll back a 2011 water rate increase. He found Flint leaders violated city ordinances by imposing the 35% increase in water and sewer bills. That increase was eliminated this month, and city officials have warned the lower revenues could spell financial disaster for Flint.

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An attorney is looking for parents in Flint who may have lost custody of their children after having their water shutoff.

Attorney Valdemar Washington is heading a class action lawsuit against the city of Flint. The lawsuit seeks damages for the city’s sky high water rates.

Washington says he’s heard stories of child protective services allegedly removing children from Flint homes after the city shutoff water service because the family failed to pay their water and sewer bills.

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A judge will consider granting class action status  on Monday to a lawsuit against the city of Flint in the continuing legal fight over that city’s water rates.

Giving the lawsuit class action status could expand the suit to include as many as 30,000 Flint water and sewer customers. 

Since the city raised rates by 35% in 2011, many Flint residents say they can’t afford the higher bills.

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Flint may soon cut its water bills to comply with a court injunction.  Maybe.

The injunction requires the city to reduce its rates, stop disconnecting delinquent water customers and reimburse the city’s water fund for $15 million. 

The city announced Monday it plans to utilize a lower rate structure with its next water bills.

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A judge’s ruling today may bring relief to Flint water customers.   It may also push the city closer to bankruptcy.

Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman’s rulings affect thousands of Flint water customers.

The judge enjoined the city from collecting a 35% water rate hike imposed in 2011, as well as other fees.   Hayman also is blocking the city from enforcing liens on thousands of homeowners with delinquent accounts. His order also says the city must stop shutting off water to delinquent customers.

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Plaintiffs in a lawsuit to reduce Flint's high water bills say they would like to reach a deal.

Soon after taking the job in 2011, former Flint emergency manager Michael Brown hiked the city's water and sewer rates.   

The lawsuit claims Brown violated city ordinances by imposing the rate hike. The suit also contends that Michigan’s emergency manager law didn’t give him the authority to do that.