State pays less for judgments and settlements in FY 2007-08

The State of Michigan paid out $15.8 million in lawsuit settlements and court judgments in Fiscal Year 2007-08, according to a report from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

That’s a little less than half of the $31.7 million paid out in the previous fiscal year.

For the most recent fiscal year, the Department of Corrections took the biggest hit, $4.8 million. The bulk of that amount was paid to settle two prisoner death cases.

Overall, 89 cases against the state resulted in payments. Fourteen of those cases ended with court-ordered judgments totaling $262,948. The remaining 75 cases were settlements totaling $15.5 million.

It pays to compromise.

Complete report here.

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