“Michigan Will Pay $600 Million to Flint Water Crisis Survivors,” GIZMODO
August 20, 2020
The people of Flint are finally getting some justice. The state of Michigan is dishing out $600 million in settlement dollars for victims of the water crisis that exposed the city of nearly 100,000 to unhealthy levels of lead in their drinking water.
First reported in the New York Times and confirmed by the legal team, the settlement was finalized on Thursday. The settlement was negotiated between a legal team at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers, and Toll, PLLC and state players, including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and former Gov. Rick Snyder. The $600 million will be accessible to residents and businesses affected by the crisis through direct payments from a court-monitored compensation fund. Nearly 80% of these dollars will go to children younger than 18 years old.