The CAFA Law Blog previously analyzed the Sixth Circuit opinion in Mason, et al., v. Lockwood, Andrews & Newman (Nov. 16, 2016) surrounding the Flint, Michigan water treatment plant. See the CAFA Law Blog analysis here.  In that opinion, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the district court’s order remanding the case based on CAFA’s local controversy exception.  On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari.  This particular class action, alleging the engineering firm didn’t protect Flint, Michigan residents from lead contamination, will remain in state court.

Here is the docket from the Supreme Court:

Jan 13 2017 Application (16A701) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from February 14, 2017 to March 16, 2017, submitted to Justice Kagan.

Jan 18 2017 Application (16A701) granted by Justice Kagan extending the time to file until March 16, 2017.

Mar 9 2017 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 10, 2017)

Apr 6 2017 Order extending time to file response to petition to and including May 10, 2017.

May 8 2017 Brief of respondents Jennifer Mason, et al. in opposition filed.

May 22 2017 Reply of petitioners Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, P.C., et al. filed.

May 23 2017 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 8, 2017.

Jun 12 2017 Petition DENIED.


— John T. Rouse