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Judge OKs $20M deal in mess over jobless aid determinations

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DETROIT, MI (AP)— A judge has approved a $20 million class-action settlement covering thousands of people who were wrongly accused of fraud by Michigan when seeking unemployment benefits.

Court of Claims Judge Douglas Shapiro signed off on the deal last week. He says it's superior to other ways to compensate people who were victims of an automated computer system in 2013-15.

People were accused of cheating to get jobless aid before the Unemployment Insurance Agency finally acknowledged widespread errors that affected thousands. The state was sued by people who argued that their constitutional right to be heard was violated while they tried to untangle themselves from the mess.

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