November 17, 2020

The city of Flint and two other defendants have joined a $600-million Flint water crisis settlement the state of Michigan announced in August, bringing the total value of the settlement in the lead poisoning case to $641.2 million, attorneys announced late Tuesday.

In addition to the city, McLaren Regional Medical Center and Rowe Professional Services Co., a city contractor, have agreed to settle the massive class-action lawsuit, attorneys said. The hospital was sued in connection with an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease after the city switched its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

Also Tuesday, parties in the case said they presented 60 pages of settlement details to U.S. District Judge Judith Levy, who will now review the agreement as part of a motion for preliminary approval. But the details were not in the court file as of late Tuesday night.

The settlement is designed so that Flint residents who were children at the time the city's drinking water became contaminated will be eligible for the bulk of the compensation, officials said.

If Levy approves, the registration process will begin, allowing Flint residents to begin the process of obtaining funds provided by the settlement. Levy will set a hearing date to address the preliminary approval of the settlement.

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Ted Leopold of Florida, another co-counsel, said "it is essential that those who are responsible for the reckless behavior that led to this crisis are held accountable," and his firm would "continue to seek justice against the remaining defendants."

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