LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – In November, the press office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced two big settlements that were reached with the attorney general’s office.
On November 14th, her office released information on a settlement involving Google. Her office announced that Michigan, along with 39 attorneys general had reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. The attorneys general had found that Google violated state consumer protection laws by misleading consumers about its location tracking practices since 2014. Michigan is to receive $12 million in that settlement. The press release from the AG’s office doesn’t specify where the money will go or how it will be used.
The next day, on November 15th, Nessel’s office announced a settlement with Walmart to resolve allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addition crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores.
The multistate settlement, once approved by all 43 states involved will amount to $3 billion nationwide and will be divided by states who agree to the settlement, local governments and tribes. The money must be used to provide treatment and recovery services to people struggling with opioid use disorder.
There was also an announcement made in early November that CVS and Walgreens agreed in principle to pay a combined $10 billion to resolve opioid lawsuits. CVS would pay $4.9 billion to states and political subdivisions like cities and counties and about $130 million to tribes over a period of ten years. Walgreens would pay about $4.95 billion to states, subdivisions and tribes over a period of 15 years. Michigan’s payoff on those settlements is currently unknown.
In the negative column, in October, was a settlement that Michigan was involved in where they reached a $20 million settlement resolving a class action lawsuit against the state that alleged the Unemployment Insurance Agency used an auto-adjudication system called MIDAS to falsely accuse recipients of fraud, resulting in the seizure of their paychecks, income tax returns and other assets without due process.