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VW Settles State Diesel Claims for $157M

April 4, 2017

By Paul Mac Donald

Photo courtesy of VW.
Photo courtesy of VW.

DETROIT — Volkswagen has agreed to pay $157.4 million to settle claims by 10 states to resolve environmental and consumer claims around its violations of diesel emissions regulations.

This latest settlement, announced on March 30, will be paid to Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The settlement was negotiated with attorneys general from each state.

This is the second state-level settlement connected to its diesel emissions scandal. In June, Volkswagen agreed to pay $603 million to 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The March 30 settlement includes restitution for the 3.0L V-6 TDI vehicles and resolves consumer claims not addressed by the prior agreement.

In January, Volkswagen agreed to pay the U.S. government a penalty of $1.45 billion to resolve federal claims that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act. Volkswagen is also establishing a $2.92 billion trust and will spend $2 billion over 10 years toward zero emissions vehicle infrastructure, access and awareness initiatives.

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