Maryland Plans to Sue Volkswagen

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Remember when Volkswagen cheated on all those emissions tests? Well, we’re suing them for it.

By “we,” I mean the state of Maryland–as well as the states of New York and Massachusetts, and probably a few others, too.

That’s at least what Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement this week. The state lawsuits will be on top of the record-breaking $15 billion settlement the car manufacturer already agreed to last month. Most of that money will go to consumers; the new lawsuits argue that the states are due compensation for the environmental damage that resulted from the fraudulent emissions tests. Oh, and there are also possible criminal charges from the Department of Justice. And the possibility of civil penalties, too.

For their part, the car manufacturer essentially argued that the state lawsuits was just throwing a wrench in the on-going discussion about how to rectify the problem. “The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities,” the company said in a statement. “It is regrettable that some states have decided to sue for environmental claims now, notwithstanding their prior support of this ongoing federal-state collaborative process.”

The lawsuits seek “substantial penalties,” but don’t have a specific figure.

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