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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division
November 10, 2021, Decided; November 10, 2021, Filed
OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL OF A PARTIAL SETTLEMENT, GRANTING CERTIFICATION OF A SETTLEMENT CLASS, GRANTING APPOINTMENT OF SETTLEMENT CLASS COUNSEL , DENYING OBJECTIONS, AND ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 
Before the Court is a motion for final approval of a partial settlement that provides compensation to tens of thousands of people who were impacted by exposure to lead, legionella, and other contaminants from the City of Flint's municipal water supply system during the events now known as the Flint Water Crisis. The settlement resolves thousands of claims pending in this Court, the Genesee County Circuit Court, and the State of Michigan Court of Claims. The settlement involves both class action and non-class action lawsuits. The portion of the $626.25 million settlement to be paid by the State of Michigan [*34] is one of the largest settlements in the State's history.1
The settlement reached here is a remarkable achievement for many reasons, not the least of which is that it sets forth a comprehensive compensation program and timeline that is consistent for every qualifying participant, regardless of whether they are members of a class or are non-class individuals represented by their own counsel. For the reasons set forth below, the objections to the settlement are denied, and final approval of the settlement is granted. Plaintiffs' motion for attorney fees will be addressed in a separate opinion and order.
Table of Contents
A. The Negotiation Process
B. The Amended Settlement Agreement ("ASA")
C. Registration Forms and Objections Received by the March 29,
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2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 219356 *; __ F.Supp.3d __; 2021 WL 5237198
In re Flint Water Cases. This Order Relates To: ALL CASES
Subsequent History: Appeal filed, 12/10/2021
Prior History: In re Flint Water Cases, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 218409, 2021 WL 5990838 ( E.D. Mich., Nov. 9, 2021)
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