Judge Awards Over $600 Million to Residents in Flint Water Crisis

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District Judge Judith Levy has approved a settlement of $626 million deal to settle most lawsuits filed by Flint, Michigan, with children who were exposed to dangerous lead-contaminated drinking water are set to benefit in particular from the decision, reports the Washington Post. Under the terms of the agreement, 80 percent of the monetary award will go to residents who were younger than 18 at the time of their exposure. More than half of that amount will go toward the children younger than 6 — whose age puts them at greatest risk for lead poisoning and the physical damage and neurological problems that can result. The remaining 20 percent of the payments will go to plaintiffs whose lawsuits pertain to other issues, such as property damage and loss of business revenue. Between 18,000 and 20,000 children and adolescents lived in Flint during the water crisis. The settlement is one of the largest in the state’s history.

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