July 28, 2021 23:24

Flint Victims Receive ‘Historic’ $641m Preliminary Settlement

A federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a massive settlement for Flint residents who were poisoned by contaminated water, reports the Courthouse News Service.  One of the largest in state history, the preliminary settlement proposed payments for Flint citizens and business owners affected by poisoned water from a $600 million fund and promised 80 percent of the money would be directed to victims who were under 18 years old at the time of the crisis. Under the terms of the updated settlement, 79.5 percent of the funds will be apportioned to minor children and a $35 million fund will be established for future minor claimants. Adult victims and property damage claims will account for 18 percent of the money and less than 1% is allocated for business losses. Another 2 percent will be used for a dedicated fund to offer special education to those who developed long-term neurological damage from the dirty water. U.S. District Judge Judith Levy stressed it was a partial settlement and did not mark the end of future litigation.

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