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Attorney General announces more than $63 million in settlements

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday that his office has recovered more than $63 million as the result of litigation in eight cases. The bulk has been sent to the General Fund and $11 million to the State/School Employees' Health Insurance Plan.

The GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, makers of Avandia, settled for $25,219,368. The complained the diabetes drug would lower blood sugar and lower cardiovascular risks better than the alternatives. Clinical studies showed differently.

The BASF Corporation paid the state $22,509,978 in an alleged price-fixing regarding a number of vitamins and vitamin premixes.

Other companies involved are:

  • LCD litigation:  $3,844,417.09
  • Toyota:   $433,542.74
  • Lender Processing Services, Inc.:  $380,336.25
  • Google Safari:  $205,196.37 
  • Google Street View:  $86,246.10 
  • Affinion Group, Inc.:  $18,750.00

Attorney General Hood has recommended that some of the money go the Drug Courts and a Prisoner Reentry Program.

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