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On Tuesday, CNN reported that 21st Century Fox (Fox News) will pay Gretchen Carlson $20,000,000 in settlement for the sexual harassment and retaliation she suffered at the hands of Roger Ailes. While the large dollar amount Fox paid may shock many, legal professionals are more shocked about the public apology 21st Century Fox made Tuesday morning. Also, CNN reported other victims of Ailes agreed to settle their claims.

It is exceedingly rare that a single plaintiff sexual harassment suit gets an eight figure settlement, and even rarer to see a defendant issue a public apology to the plaintiff. While Ailes denies the allegations, an award that large speaks volumes, and the apology amplifies that a hundred fold.

A federal judge has tentatively approved the largest class action settlement in U.S. history, allowing Volkswagen's agreement to pay $15 billion to consumers to move forward. The car manufacturer settlement claims that it doctored emissions data on hundreds of thousands of cars, leading consumers to think they were more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

With judicial approval, Volkswagen can now start gathering information on some 475,000 consumers eligible for compensation, which could begin as early as October. Here's what you need to know.

What Is a Pet Worth? Georgia Supreme Court Decides

When you go away on vacation and leave your precious pooch at a kennel, you expect to get the dog back, intact. If that doesn’t happen and you decide to sue, what can you expect to recover? Georgia’s highest court has just provided guidance on this issue, concluding that that dog is worth its fair market value, not the actual value paid for the pet, and that owners may also sue to recover veterinary expenses incurred.

The decision stems from a 2012 case in which one couple left both of their dogs at a kennel for ten days. During that time, the couple says, the kennel gave the wrong dog medication, causing almost-immediate acute renal failure and ultimately leading to her death nine months later. Now they’ll be able to try to collect costs from the kennel, according to the Georgia high court.

For the second time in three months, Johnson & Johnson has lost a jury trial linking use of its talcum powder-based products to cancer. In this case, a Missouri jury has awarded a woman $55 million who contracted ovarian cancer after using the company’s products for feminine hygiene.

This follows an earlier award of $72 million to a deceased woman’s family in February, and is another of thousands of pending lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.

Cleveland will pay Tamir Rice's family $6 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after Rice was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014. It represents the city's largest settlement in a police-related lawsuit, but the city admitted no wrongdoing in the 12-year-old's shooting, which occurred while he was playing with a toy gun in a park.

The settlement is on par with other police misconduct claims nationwide, and was a long time coming for the Rice family.

The Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 30-Day Smoothing Kit promised to smooth your style and give it a keratin treatment. Instead, hundreds of women suffered hair loss and scalp burns when they tried it. Those hundreds of women joined several class action lawsuits against Unilever, maker of the Suave products, and the Seventh Circuit has upheld a $10 million dollar settlement in the case.

The company will also reimburse thousands of women the $10 it cost to buy a hair product that caused visible bald spots, broken hair, and burned scalps.

Wine Makers Toast Arsenic Case Dismissal

California wine makers are toasting the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming arsenic levels are dangerously high and bottles are improperly labeled. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Shepard Wiley dismissed a class-action lawsuit that named five of the state's six largest wine producers, finding that their existing warnings comply with regulations. But the plaintiffs have already said they'll appeal the ruling.

Jinia Armstrong Lopez was worried that her brother Ronald Armstrong might be a danger to himself. Armstrong had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, was off his medication, and was poking holes in his leg "to let the air out." She tried to have him admitted into a hospital, but when he fled, a doctor drafted involuntary commitment papers and the police were dispatched to make sure he didn't hurt himself.

The officers succeeded, but not in the way anyone imagined. Armstrong never had the opportunity to do himself harm because mere minutes after the commitment papers were finalized, Armstrong was declared dead after officers Tased him five times and forcefully restrained him.

In season three of "Justified" U.S. Marshal Raylan battles illegal OxyContin dealers in the hills of Kentucky. As it turns out, Kentucky itself has been battling legal Oxy producers in court for the past 8 years, and the state finally secured a $24 million settlement in the case.

The so-called "Heroin of the Hills" has been ravaging the state for over a decade, leading to explosions in drug addiction and abuse, and increased medical costs. Kentucky is hoping to use the funds to prevent drug use and provide addiction treatment services to state residents.

You may have been annoyed by receiving a barrage of "Add Connections" emails from LinkedIn users. But imagine how they felt when they found out the professional networking site had hijacked their email contacts to spam those messages out. They were not pleased.

In response, users filed a class action lawsuit against LinkedIn, claiming the emails damaged their reputations. And now the company has agreed to pay $13 million to settle the suit. So check your Inbox to see if you'll get some of the settlement.