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It will be another week before a federal judge expects to decide whether to give preliminary approval to a massive settlement of Flint water crisis related lawsuits.

During a brief hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy said she may need until January 21 to complete her written ruling. She had originally hoped to have her decision ready by the end of this week. 

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In Flint, criminal and civil cases stemming from the city’s lead tainted drinking water crisis are converging this week. New criminal charges may be coming while many in Flint still question whether they will ever get justice.

Nearly seven years ago, government leaders here pushed the button that switched the city of Flint’s drinking water source from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River.  

"We feel like there are too many barriers contained in the settlement that prevent a large majority people in the city from receiving compensation," says Flint Pastor Herbert Miller.
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Some Flint civic leaders says city residents deserve more than what they are likely to get from a $641 million settlement tied to the Flint water crisis.

Attorneys for the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, McLaren Hospital Flint and a local engineering firm worked with lawyers representing thousands of city residents to hammer out the tentative settlement of many civil lawsuits tied to the Flint water crisis.

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A proposed settlement for many Flint water crisis civil lawsuits took another step forward Wednesday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a pair of bills creating the Flint Settlement Trust Fund.  The legislation addresses how the state would handle funding of the $641 million settlement of Flint Water civil cases.

“What happened in Flint should never have happened,” says Whitmer, “While this settlement will never be enough to compensate for what happened, it is a major step toward helping the people of Flint heal.” 

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The Flint city council has signed off on joining a $641 million settlement of water crisis lawsuits.

The council voted just after midnight after a marathon session Monday night to tap $20 million in insurance funds to pay the city’s share of the settlement.

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The resolution of legal claims in the Flint water crisis has taken a significant step.  

Details of a more than $641 million proposed  settlement of civil claims were filed in federal court on Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Last update was Thursday August 20 at 5:17 p.m. 

Michigan will pay $600 million to compensate Flint residents whose health was damaged by lead-tainted drinking water after the city heeded state regulators’ advice not to treat it properly.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed the preliminary settlement Thursday morning, after the details had been leaked to news outlets late Wednesday.