January 21, 2021

A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a proposed $641.25-million partial settlement of civil lawsuits against the state of Michigan and other defendants for the lead poisoning of Flint's drinking water supply — in what would be the largest class-action settlement in state history.

Attorney fees and costs have still not been determined but could account for up to one-third of the total settlement amount. They will be subject to the judge's approval at a later date.

"The court grants preliminary approval of this settlement," U.S. District Judge Judith Levy said in a 72-page opinion released Thursday.

The preliminary approval, she said, will trigger a period of time during which the potentially tens of thousands of people included in the various classes can decide whether they want to participate in the settlement and/or object to it. Opting out and suing separately is among the options.

“This is another important day for the residents of Flint, and a further step in the process of receiving justice," said Ted Leopold of Florida, one of the lead attorneys in the case.

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