The Michigan Court of Appeals has refused to dismiss a class action brought over the Flint water contamination crisis, opening the door for hundreds of residents bringing claims against the state, according to a lawyer in the case.

Thursday’s 2-1 ruling upheld an October 2016 decision by the Michigan Court of Claims refusing to grant summary disposition on most claims that the state had challenged, primarily on procedural grounds. The Michigan Court of Claims handles tort claims against the state.

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