August 20, 2020

Michigan has reached a $600 million agreement to compensate Flint residents for the state's role in failing to protect them from lead-tainted water, the state's attorney general says.

The deal "puts the needs of Flint's children first," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office said in an announcement Thursday. A summary of the settlement shows that nearly 80% of the money would go to resolve claims filed on behalf of minors and children.

The city's water quality plummeted after a 2014 change to its water supply, causing more children to have elevated blood lead levels. The situation sparked additional outrage because officials had initially rejected complaints about the water, insisting that it was safe.

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"The litigation will continue against other defendants, including two private engineering firms charged with professional negligence—Veolia North America (Veolia) and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN)," according to a statement from the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, which is co-lead class counsel on the case.

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