The state attorney general’s office Division of Law earned a 14 percent increase in the amount it recouped in judgments and litigation settlements last year, totaling $346 million.
The largest settlement was with the Occidental Chemical Corp. for $190 million to resolve liability for past cleanup and removal costs for damages related to contamination of the Passaic River. (Altogether, the state has recovered $355.5 million from three Passaic River litigations, the previous two in 2013.) Occidental is the legal successor to the Diamond Shamrock Chemicals Co.
The AG’s office also touted a $1.8 million settlement against eight auto dealerships and their two owners for deceptive sales tactics, including failure to disclose mechanical defects or past damage to used cars. The eight dealerships include Route 22 Toyota, Route 22 Honda, Route 22 Nissan, and Route 22 Kia -- all of Hillside.
There were also a number of multi-settlements, including a $2.45 million settlement against GlaxoSmithKline for promoting its asthma drug Advair and antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved uses in violation of consumer protection laws.
A more complete list is located on the Division of Law’s website.