“Judge Vows to Listen to Flint Residents on Proposed $600M-Plus Settlement,” Detroit Free Press
December 21, 2020
A federal judge promised Monday she will hear from all Flint residents with something to say about a proposed $600-million-plus payment to partially settle claims arising from the 2014 lead poisoning of the city's drinking water supply — even if it requires a court hearing that stretches over several days.
U.S. District Judge Judith Levy said after a two-hour hearing that she hopes to issue a written opinion by mid-January on whether to give preliminary approval to the proposed settlement.
The proposed settlement with the state of Michigan, McLaren hospitals and Rowe Professional Services Co. grew to $641.25 million early Tuesday when the Flint City Council voted to join the settlement during a lengthy meeting, using $20 million in city insurance funds, after earlier twice postponing a decision.
Levy stressed that litigation continues against other private companies that were involved in Flint's switch from Lake Huron to the Flint River for its source of drinking water, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.