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FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, volunteers load a vehicle with bottled water at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, in Flint, Mich. Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis has affected all of the city’s nearly 100,000 residents, but some grapple with an extra challenge: A language barrier. Advocates residents who speak little or no English say some didn’t learn about the water problems – or need for filters – for months after the problems became known. Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP

The $202 million in attorney fees requested by lawyers who obtained a settlement for residents of Flint, Michigan, faces mounting criticism—and not just in court.

The request, submitted in court on March 8, has splashed across newspaper pages and social media, prompting the Michigan Legislature to pass resolutions condemning the excessive fees. A group called Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch has launched an online petition to have Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel oppose the fees, a move that the settlement prohibits her from doing.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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