August 20, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have agreed to a historic $600 million settlement with Flint residents over state government's role in Flint's disastrous lead-tainted water crisis.

Whitmer, Nessel and law firms representing Flint residents in a class action lawsuit announced the settlement Thursday morning, a landmark agreement more than six years after Flint switched from Detroit's Lake Huron-fed water system to using the Flint River for its drinking water to save money while under the control of state emergency manager.

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And $35 million is being set aside for Flint children to make claims in the future when they become adults, said plaintiffs attorney Theodore Leopold, a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

State attorneys say there are as many as 28,000 Flint residents who have sued or reserved their right to sue, The Associated Press reported. The city has over 95,000 people, according to Census Bureau estimates.

But there could be thousands of more victims who qualify for a settlement check, Leopold said.

"Until we know he full breadth and full scope of individuals participating — both minors and adults — it's not going to be known specifically," Leopold told reporters during a press conference on Zoom.

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