Lawyers say judge has ‘usurped power’ in Flint civil case

Lawyers say judge has ‘usurped power’ in Flint civil case


LANSING — Three groups of objectors to a proposed $641.25-million settlement of civil lawsuits arising from the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water supply have asked a federal appeals court to intervene in the case.

In a Friday filing with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers accuse U.S. District Judge Judith Levy of showing bias and excluding them from important discussions in the case.

Levy vehemently rejected the lawyers’ arguments in a June 16 order, describing some of their claims as “outrageous,” “insulting” and “misinformed.”

Underlying the appeal is a bizarre controversy that continues to dog the historic proposed settlement — the use of portable X-ray scanners, not designed for use on human beings, as a way of documenting Flint residents’ exposure to lead, and the monopoly that one law firm holds in determining who gets who gets to significantly increase the amount they might receive under the settlement, by getting scanned.

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