OFFICIAL SETTLEMENT WEBSITE
On November 10, 2021, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy granted final approval to the partial settlement of $626.25 million in the Flint Water litigation.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
This means that the court has granted approval to the settlement. If there are no appeals, then the settlement will be final and payments can be distributed AFTER the claims are submitted, reviewed, and evaluated. But there is a possibility of appeals and if there are appeals, then no payments can be made unless and until the court’s decision is upheld on appeal.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
The next step is to submit a claim form once the Claims Process begins. If you submitted a registration, then you are eligible to submit a claim form.
How do I get a claim form?
The claims administrator will notify you when the claim forms are available.
If you registered on line, you will get an email with instructions.
If you registered by sending in a registration form in the mail, you will receive a letter with the claim form and instructions.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE CLAIM FORM?
The information provided will include instructions. In addition, the claims administrator will have a ‘help line’ that you can call with questions.
WHEN WILL THIS CLAIMS PROCESS START?
The process will start soon, but at the moment the specific date has not been set. You will be notified when it starts.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?
You should make sure that you keep the claims administrator informed of any changes in your contact information. So if you moved after mailing in a registration form, please provide your new address to the claims administrator. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the dedicated help line at 800-493-1754. If you changed your email address, you must also inform the claims administrator. You can do this by emailing email@example.com or calling 800-493-1754.
You can also gather information that you will need such as social security numbers for you and any family members who will make claims; proof that you resided or dwelled in Flint or spent time in Flint (perhaps at school or day care); birth certificates may be needed in some cases.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO COMPLETE MY CLAIMS FORMS?
The court will set the deadline for submitting claim forms. The settlement agreement provides that the deadline is 120 days after the date that the claims process opens.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN THE CLAIMS FORMS ARE AVAILABLE?
If you registered online you will receive an email advising that your forms are available for you to complete.
If you registered by mail you will receive a claims packet in the mail.
Please continue to monitor the website for further updates and information as to when the claims process will start.
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION WILL I RECEIVE?
The compensation amount will depend on the compensation category for which you qualify. Each category is different. The compensation cannot be determined until all the claims are received and processed.
WHEN WILL I BE PAID?
It is not possible to determine the payment date at this time. Before payments can be made, the claims need to be submitted, reviewed, and evaluated. If there are no appeals of the court’s decision approving the settlement, then it is possible that payments will be issued near the end of 2022.
We appreciate your patience as we await guidance from the Court on opening the Claims process for this settlement. We will publish information to this site as soon as it becomes available.
THE CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR
A Claims Administrator is an expert neutral third-party that handles the claims administration process in compliance with the court-approved settlement agreement. ARCHER Systems, LLC has been appointed by the Court to help ensure that the Flint Water Settlement is carried out with accuracy and efficiency, that all settlement proceeds are accurately distributed, that all legal aspects are adhered to, and to ensure resolution of claims / disbursement of funds as soon as possible.