A Michigan federal judge on Thursday preliminarily approved a $641 million settlement with the state in litigation over the Flint water crisis that will provide compensation for minors exposed to lead-tainted water, adults without attorneys and others.
U.S. District Judge Judith Levy said the deal is a partial settlement that doesn't end the litigation over the lead-tainted water, but it is the plaintiffs' first step toward ending claims against Michigan and the city of Flint. The settlement provides a mechanism for minors, injured adults, property owners and renters, as well as those who paid Flint water bills and impacted business owners, to receive monetary awards, the judge said.
"This is another important day for the residents of Flint, and a further step in the process of receiving justice. I encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible for financial relief to visit flintwaterjustice.com to learn more," co-lead counsel Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC said in a statement. "We want every victim of the reckless and harmful behavior that led to this crisis to achieve and receive a full measure of the justice they deserve."
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