Have You Been Harmed by the Flint Water Crisis?
Cohen Milstein is representing a proposed class of residents and businesses in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation and Settlement Distribution.
On August 21, 2020, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers, P.C., announced a landmark $600 million settlement in the Flint Water Cases, including in the proposed class action lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 90,000 residents and businesses of Flint, Michigan and the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and all individual governmental defendants, including former Governor Rick Snyder, for their role in the Flint Water Crisis.
NOTE: This agreement reflects a partial resolution of claims for adequate and fair compensation. Flint residents, including minors, adults, property owners, and businesses, will be eligible to make claims from the compensation fund for personal injuries, and property and business damages. The claims process and compensation awards will be based on categories of injury. The litigation will continue against other defendants, including two private engineering firms — Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) — charged with professional negligence. Separate litigation against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will also continue.
Who is Entitled to the Settlement
All Flint, Michigan residents and Flint businesses harmed by the water crisis may submit a claim for relief under the Settlement Agreement.
Please sign up using the form below or go to www.FlintWaterJustice.com. If you would like to speak to someone directly about the settlement or the case, please call: 1-866-536-0717 or text: "Flint" to 47177 or email: email@example.com.
Benefits of the Settlement
- The settlement will establish a court-monitored victims compensation fund that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in direct payments to Flint residents, approximately 80 percent of which will go to those who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crisis.
- A portion of the funding will also cover property damage suffered by homeowners.
- The settlement also takes into account community needs. For example, a dedicated fund will be created to provide special education programming for students who suffer long term health and behavioral impacts from lead poisoning.
Sign Up for Settlement Compensation
Flint residents may submit a claim for relief under the afore-mentioned Settlement Agreement.
Please sign up here if you are 1) a Flint resident who has personally been harmed or whose children and other family members and/or your property have been harmed by the Flint Water Crisis and/or you are a 2) a business that has suffered losses as a direct result of the Flint Water Crisis.
Claimants presenting the same profile of injuries will receive the same awards without regard to whether they are represented by an attorney or law firm.
The Special Master and Plaintiffs’ lawyers will help supervise this part of the process. Interim Class Counsel will be authorized by the Agreement to assist in securing for any parent or family member an award for their child who is not represented by counsel.
Cohen Milstein recognizes the importance of your privacy and personal data. Information provided in this survey is confidential and will not be shared/sold.
In 2014, the City of Flint switched its water supply to draw from the highly contaminated Flint River. What followed was one of the nation’s most horrific public health disasters, with all of Flint’s residents exposed to lead poisoning and corrosive water, including over 10,000 minor children. Research clearly shows that children are highly susceptible to permanent, long-term health consequences from lead poisoning. Additionally, over 30,000 of the City’s housing units lost significant value and require substantial remediation expense, because of corroded, unsafe pipes, fixtures, and appliances.
As the lawsuit uncovered, it was calculated decisions by government officials and the reckless and professionally negligent conduct of the private engineering firms exposed residents of Flint to the harmful health effects of lead and damaged homes and businesses throughout the city.
Flint residents charged that the engineering firms Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) and Veolia gave disastrously bad advice about switching over the water supply and ensuring the quality and safety of Flint water. When Flint citizens complained about the new water’s bad smell, color and taste—and later, when poisonous lead levels easily could have been identified and the City suffered an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires’ disease—these companies failed to identify the absence of any corrosion control in the Flint water system as the root cause of the problems, conduct standard tests to assess corrosivity in the water, assess the scope of the problems, and recommend steps that could have avoided the enormous harms to the City's residents and businesses.
Victims also accused former Governor Snyder and his administration of carrying out a woefully slow and inadequate response to the unfolding crisis. While former Governor Snyder and his staff were aware of the health risks associated with the city’s transition to Flint River water, including the risk of Legionnaires’ disease, they knowingly concealed information from the public and waited several months before declaring a state of emergency. Furthermore, the DEQ failed to comply with State and federal laws and put in place a satisfactory non-discrimination policy.
As a result of these failures, lead concentrations in Flint water reached astonishingly high levels—in one case, as much as 880 times the EPA’s legal limit. The toxic lead made its way into residents’ water supply, eventually then into their homes’ lead-based water pipes, and eventually into their bodies.
Lead poisoning is known to cause serious damage to children’s central and peripheral nervous systems, stunt growth, reduce IQ and cause serious behavioral problems. The effects of these symptoms can reverberate across a child’s entire lifespan. Residents have reported skin lesions and dermatologic pathology, neurological disorders and both chronic and acute respiratory disorders. Others have said they contracted E. coli and urinary tract infections from Flint’s unsafe water. Corrosive water has also damaged pipes and fixtures in homes and businesses throughout the city.
If you would like to speak to someone directly about the settlement or the case or if you need assistance, please call: 1-866-536-0717 or text: "Flint" to 47177 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Cohen Milstein attorneys are overseeing the Flint Water Crisis Class Action Litigation: