LANSING, Michigan – The city of Flint, Michigan and two other defendants have joined a $ 600 million Flint water crisis settlement announced in August that brings the total settlement value to $ 641 million in the event of lead poisoning. Lawyers announced late Tuesday.
However, how much of the proposed $ 641 million settlement will be used to pay attorney’s fees and expenses has not yet been disclosed in documents filed in federal court early Wednesday.
That said, it is still not publicly known how much would be distributed to Flint residents who were affected by the lead poisoning of the city’s drinking water supplies that began in April 2014.
If attorneys were to request one-third of the total severance payment – this is the upper limit on attorney fees referred to in a proposed notice to class members – it would be $ 213.7 million.
Before:Michigan Pays $ 600 Million to Resolve Flint Water Crisis; Victim Compensation Fund created
Overall value increased:City of Flint, other defendants, agree to increase the water lawsuit to a total of $ 641.2 million
In a lawsuit, lawyers claim to have reached an agreement on how much to ask of the settlement. However, they plan to disclose that number in a separate lawsuit no more than 30 days after the case is handled by U.S. District Judge Judith, who issued preliminary approval for the proposed settlement.
“Plaintiffs would like to inform the court that the Interim Class Counsel and Liaison Counsel have reached an agreement on the amount of legal fees they will collect from the settlement,” and how the fees will be distributed among the various lawyers a footnote for filing on Wednesday.
“The attorney believes that filing a single, agreed-upon fee application will streamline the process of evaluating that application. The anticipated attorney fee application will provide additional information on what fees will be requested and how the attorney will assist the plaintiff
propose to allocate these fees and the legal and factual assistance of the plaintiffs
Rely on supporting the request. “
According to a proposed announcement, attorney fees will not exceed 33.33% “of the amount of the Fund used to pay claims from peer group members”.
That one-third cap would be applied to the entire settlement amount, said Ryan Jarvi, a spokesman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
The lawyers did not respond to emails and texts Wednesday morning asking for information about the amount of the requested fees.
“It is important to note that Judge Levy is reviewing and approving all legal fees,” Jarvi said in an email on Wednesday.
Disclosing fees after the proposed settlement is tentatively approved but before final approval is consistent with practice in other class actions, the lawyers said in the court record.
The cases have already included numerous lawyers and several trips to courts of appeal at the state and federal levels. Wednesday’s court file alone was signed by more than 30 lawyers from more than a dozen companies.
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