Volkswagen is amid one of the largest, and possibly most expensive, auto scandals of all time. Due to emissions software designed to cheat and show the engines as emitting fewer emissions than they actually do, the automotive company is looking at billions of dollars in fines and penalties, including the cost of buying back vehicles. It looks as though the company may have caught a break, as Deutsche Welle reports.
Some states, including Wyoming, decided to sue he beleaguered automaker for environmental damages above and beyond the federal damages the company has been ordered to pay.
Wyoming wanted the company to pay $37,500 per day per vehicle for air pollution caused by the vehicles. The lawsuit wanted this to be paid as long as the emissions-cheating vehicles were still on the road.
A Federal Court judge threw out the lawsuit last week, stating that the German automaker cannot be forced to pay fines by individual states that have already been imposed on a federal level.
Federal Judge Charles Breyer ruled that the Clean Air Act must be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. VW has already settled a complaint by the EPA and has already racked up $26.9 billion in legal costs. Some of those funds have been earmarked to compensate individual U.S. states.
Volkswagen is now seeking similar dismissals from other states that have filed similar lawsuits, including Illinois, Minnesota, and Ohio.
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