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Auto Parts Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $4 Million for Contamination Cleanup

New York AG Letitia James and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) reached a settlement with auto parts manufacturer American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (“American Axle”) to resolve allegations that its manufacturing site in Tonawanda, New York, was contaminated with chemicals and petroleum in violation of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) and state environmental laws.

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GM Settles Allegations it Mislead Investors over Cost of Ignition Switch-Related Recall

California AG Xavier Becerra reached a settlement with General Motors LLC (“GM”) to resolve allegations that it made false and misleading statements to investors regarding the costs associated with curing the defective ignition switches installed in some of its cars in violation of the California False Claims Act and the Corporate Securities Law of 1968.…

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Michigan Attorney General Seeks State Supreme Court Review of a Michigan Consumer Protection Act Exemption

Michigan AG Dana Nessel filed an amicus brief in the Michigan Supreme Court urging it to reconsider its denial of an appeal in Cyr, et al. v. Ford Motor Co., and revisit its interpretation of an exemption contained in the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (“MCPA”). Plaintiffs sued Ford Motor Co. (“Ford”) for, among other things,…

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Car Dealer Pays $1 Million to Settle Allegations It Improperly Took Advantage of Unemployment Insurance

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with car dealer Colonial Automotive Group, Inc. (“Colonial”) to resolve allegations that it improperly took advantage of the state’s unemployment benefits in violation of the Massachusetts False Claims Act.

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Honda Settles Multistate Airbag Suit, Agrees to Pay $85 Million

A group of 48 AGs, led by an Executive Committee including Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum and New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal, reached a settlement with American Honda Motor Co. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (collectively “Honda”) to resolve allegations that Honda concealed the risk posed by defective frontal airbags installed in its vehicles in violation of consumer protections laws.

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