New York and Massachusetts State are filling a new lawsuit against Volkswagen on Tuesday about Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating by installing software on their vehicles which helped them pass the emission test. According to the filling document, Volkswagen and its affiliates sold more than 40,000 vehicles in the two states with so-called "defeat devices" installed, during which the two plaintiff states would seek civil penalties, injunctive relief and other penalties.
As early as 1999, Volkswagen has decided to use a software to turn off some controls during its emissions tests, when engineers at the company’s Audi luxury unit developed technology to quiet diesel vehicles, according to an 84-page lawsuit filed Tuesday by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Volkswagen and its affiliates started to use this “defeat device” in U.S. vehicles selling in 2008, which affected 475,000 vehicles with two-liter diesel engines and 80,000 diesel-powered vehicles with three-liter engines in U.S.
Although Volkswagen has disclosed in 2015 that it would spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer and government lawsuits over the emissions cheating, the German automaker will face a $14.7 billion settlement with federal regulators and owners from the latest lawsuit.
Last month, 43 states including Maryland and Massachusetts has jointed a "partial settlement" against Volkswagen about the emission problem, which is total worth of $603 million.
It is reported that VW is in talks with its 650 dealers, who have been prevented from selling nearly 12,000 new diesel cars after regulators barred the sale of new polluting diesel vehicles last year. Volkswagen is also holding meetings with their dealers.
"The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law or the protection of public health and the environment," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law — and seek the stiffest possible sanctions — to protect our citizens."