Facts from the courtroom

Stay informed with the latest facts surrounding the case.

May 17, 2022

Forensic economist Gary Crakes’ opinions on Flint fail to consider critical factors

On May 16, 2022, Gary Crakes took the stand. Crakes is a forensic economist who was paid by plaintiffs’ counsel to provide an opinion on potential economic damages they argue the plaintiffs will experience due to lead exposure. Crakes, a professional expert witness, testified that he has a longstanding business relationship with the plaintiffs’ lawyers, having been retained by their firm in 75-80 prior cases on behalf of plaintiffs.

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May 13, 2022

Mira Krishnan’s unscientific neuropsychological review – What you need to know

On May 10-11, 2022, clinical psychologist Dr. Mira Krishnan took the stand. Dr. Krishnan was paid by plaintiffs’ counsel to complete a neuropsychological review of each of the four plaintiffs, which showed all the plaintiffs’ IQ, cognitive, and behavioral scores fell within the expected ranges for their respective ages and genders. Dr. Krishnan met each plaintiff one time, very briefly, in a law office rather than a medical setting in 2020. She has no baseline from which to compare each plaintiff’s cognitive and behavioral abilities before and after the crisis, and therefore no way to measure cognitive or behavioral changes for each of the plaintiffs from before and after the Flint Water Crisis.

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May 9, 2022

VNA was powerless to intervene as City of Flint officials chose to ignore most recommendations

On May 4th, 5th, and 9th 2022, water resources engineer Richard Humann took the stand. Mr. Humann is a paid witness for the plaintiffs who, in his own report, found the Flint Water Crisis to be “a story of government failure, inaction, delay and environmental injustice.” Mr. Humann also agreed, under oath, that VNA was powerless to intervene as City of Flint officials chose to ignore all but one of their recommendations.

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April 29, 2022

Public health officials sound the alarm on Aaron Specht’s junk science bone lead test

On April 27-28, Aaron Specht, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Purdue University, took to the stand.

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April 28, 2022

Michael Glasgow testimony points to long pattern of negligence on behalf of Flint officials

On April 25-27, 2022, former Flint Water Treatment Operator Michael Glasgow took to the stand. His testimony pointed to a long pattern of malfeasance and negligence on behalf of City and State officials that both sparked and prolonged the Flint Water Crisis.

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April 21, 2022

Gerald Ambrose refused to consider a return to Detroit Water even after residents reported getting sick

On April 19-20, 2022, Former Flint Emergency Manager Gerald Ambrose’s deposition was played in court. Mr. Ambrose, who is now under indictment for his negligence, played a key role in approving the use of the Flint River as an interim water source for the City. He refused to consider a return to Detroit Water even after Flint residents reported getting sick from drinking and bathing in the contaminated river water.

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April 15, 2022

VNA VP Robert Nicholas’ deposition: the facts

On April 12th, 13th, and 14th, former VNA Vice President of Business Development Robert Nicholas’ deposition was played in the courtroom. Here are the facts:

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April 13, 2022

Ms. Kelly’s testimony confirms that government officials withheld critical information from the Flint community

On April 12th, Ms. Melinda Kelly testified in the courtroom. Ms. Kelly is the grandmother of plaintiff Emir Sherrod. Here’s what you need to know.

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April 12, 2022

VNA engineer Marvin Gnagy’s deposition: what you need to know

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April 6, 2022

Walling and Flint officials did not tell VNA of the high lead test results found in Flint

On March 31 and April 4-6, 2022, Former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling testified that, although he had been informed about dangerously high levels of lead in the tap water of Flint resident LeAnne Walters in early March 2015, he did not share this information with VNA. Even worse, when the EPA raised concerns about high lead levels in June 2015—several months after VNA had completed their work—Mayor Walling still did nothing to address the problem.

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March 25, 2022

Former VNA VP David Gadis’ deposition – The facts

On March 23rd and 24th, former VNA Vice President David Gadis’ deposition was played in the courtroom.

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March 17, 2022

VNA engineer Theping Chen’s deposition: What you need to know

On March 16, 2022, VNA engineer Theping Chen’s deposition was played in the courtroom. Here’s what you need to know.

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March 11, 2022

The facts on VNA’s recommendations to the city of Flint

All of VNA’s recommendations were ignored by the politicians and bureaucrats in charge of the City’s water supply

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March 10, 2022

Setting the record straight on Flint

VNA will not let distortions of the facts go unchecked

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