Nov
19
2020
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The settlement of the Flint water crisis lawsuits has recently grown to $641 million dollars. The initial settlement amount this summer was $600 million, but the amount increased with additional defendants, including the city of Flint, joining the settlement.

With roughly 80 percent of the settlement slated to go to children, prioritizing those who were 6 years old or younger when they were first exposed to Flint River water, money will also be available to those who contracted Legionnaires’ disease from Flint water. People who were both exposed to water received from the Flint treatment plant and diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease between April 25, 2014 through December 31, 2018 will be eligible to participate in the settlement.

Additional lawsuits will continue for those defendants who did not agree to enter the settlement. Notably, the federal government did not join the settlement and the lawsuit against it will continue.

The settlement must next be approved by the settlement’s Special Master after which direct notice will be sent to residents of the settlement, including an invitation for their reaction and the scheduling of a “fairness hearing.” Final approval of the settlement will occur when a District Court judge finds that the settlement is “fair, reasonable and adequate.” [1]

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[1] https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2020/11/7-things-to-know-from-the-proposed-flint-water-crisis-lawsuit-settlement.html

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