REPORT: Judge approves huge settlement for Flint water crisis

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A judge ruled on Tuesday that Michigan will pay $600 million to settle lawsuits related to the Flint water crisis as part of the largest state settlement in history.

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the decision on Tuesday, stating that a county judge had formally approved the settlement. The news comes over two years after another court issued preliminary approval in 2021.

“This historic settlement cannot undo the unimaginable hardship and heartbreaking health effects these families and children in Flint have endured,” Nessel said, per the Hill.

Nessel continued, “This ruling provides families with much needed compensation for the injuries they have suffered. I am proud of my team’s tireless work on behalf of the people of Flint.”

The Washington Examiner further reported:

The overall settlement includes $600 million from the state, $20 million from the city, $5 million from McLaren Regional Medical Center, and $1.5 million from Rowe Professional Services. This is different from the preliminary agreement, which included $20 million from McLaren as opposed to $5 million.

This settlement brings the state closer to the end of the crisis that began in 2014 when state officials switched the city’s drinking water source from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River. The change caused close to 12,000 children to drink lead-contaminated water and a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that resulted in the deaths of at least 12 people.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted Tuesday, “Historic Flint Water Civil Settlement Approved by Genesee County Circuit Court, @MIAttyGen @dananessel announced. It will be the largest civil settlement in Michigan state history. Read about the breakdown of the settlement.”

Reporter Rachel Frazin wrote, “$600M Flint water crisis settlement gets final approval (via press release from Mich. AG’s office)”

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