To settle three class-action lawsuits brought by General Motors dealers in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Mississippi who complained that a 1 percent surcharge to pay for advertising violated state laws, GM has agreed to reimburse all of its dealers nationwide $4 for every car sold since 1990, and to pay $7.75 million to the lawyers who brought the cases.

The settlement, which is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, is sure to stick because no one has appealed the final approval signed last month by U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery of the District of Minnesota.

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