The Missouri Attorney General’s Office was appointed Co-Liaison Counsel for the several States participating in this litigation and, in addition to litigating its case, participated in the negotiation of settlements with all of the manufacturers, resulting in a total of 10 settlements generating $1,082,055,647.39 for a settlement fund covering all of the litigation.
Most of these settlement funds will be used to pay claims of Missourians and the residents of the other states that have damages classes, including individuals and businesses. A portion will be set aside for governmental damages claims for the eight states whose Attorneys General participated in the settlement. Information will be provided to governmental and public entities in Missouri at a later date. A portion of the settlement will also be used to pay the attorneys their costs and fees in the investigation and litigation of these cases.
In addition to these settlements, the Missouri Attorney General and the other seven Attorneys General reached separate agreements with six of the manufacturers to resolve the claims they brought for civil penalties. As a result of these additional settlements, Missouri’s School Fund (which receives payments of penalties and fines) will receive more than $2 Million.