FLINT, Mich. – An engineering office accused of responsibility for Flint’s lead-contaminated water in 2014-15 settled a lawsuit involving four families, months after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in August.
Details of the agreement between the families and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, known as LAN, were not publicly disclosed in federal court in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“To avoid the significant cost, expense and time of another lengthy litigation, the parties were able to reach an amicable settlement, subject to court approval,” LAN attorney Wayne Mason said MLive.com.
The families sued LAN and another company, Veolia North America, accusing them of not doing enough to get Flint to treat the highly corrosive water or to urge a return to a regional water utility.
Flint’s water became contaminated because water from the Flint River was not treated to reduce its impact on lead pipes. Citing costs, manager appointed by the then governor. Rick Snyder switched to the river in 2014 while awaiting a new pipeline to Lake Huron.
The trial focused on the engineering firms and the effects of lead on four children, not all Flint residents. The outcome of the case has been closely monitored as further lawsuits against Veolia and LAN are pending.
Veolia’s lawyers said the firm was briefly shut down in the midst of the crisis, not before the tap was turned on. LAN said an engineer repeatedly recommended that Flint test the river water for weeks to determine what treatments were needed.
The families who settled with LAN are still suing Veolia, and a new trial is set to begin in February.
Veolia and LAN were not there a landmark $626 million deal with the participation of property owners, thousands of residents, the state of Michigan and other parties.
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