MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis is going to court to try to recover more than $1 million the city spent responding to a massive downtown water main break last year.

Reports say the City Council authorized the lawsuit after a closed-door meeting with its attorneys.

The pending lawsuit comes after more than a year of negotiations with the contractors involved.

According to a City Council measure approved Friday, the claim will name developer Ryan Companies, subcontractors United Sewer and Water and Red Pederson Utilities and possibly other defendants.

They worked on the apartment-retail project where the break occurred in January 2013.

The leak released an estimated 14 million gallons of water that flooded nearby streets, snarling traffic.

Ryan says it is "cooperating fully with all parties" as they investigate the claim.