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Michigan paid $85M to settle lawsuits in 2013

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan paid roughly $85 million last fiscal year to people and companies that sued the state.

The payments ranged from $42 to mediate a case involving a lakeside road to a $41 million tax refund to General Motors.

The total payouts were $9.5 million, or 12 percent more, than in the previous budget year. That's mainly because a yearly settlement installment to female prisoners who alleged they were raped and groped by male guards went up. So did court-ordered tax refunds to companies.

Of 71 lawsuits that ended with the state paying, 27 - more than a third - came from the Corrections Department.

The state also had to pay after defending high-profile challenges to a citizenship check-off box on ballot applications and a law banning panhandling in public places.

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