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>> Just when we thought Volkswagen had put the worst of the diesel scandal behind it, three U.S. states sued the German auto maker on Tuesday, accusing VW of a vast conspiracy and orchestrated fraud that is even more sweeping in its deception, then previously thought. Reuters David Shepherdson in DC.
>> I think a lot of people thought after June when Volkswagen announced the $15.3 billion settlement with the federal government, with the lawyers representing the owners of almost half a million cars in 44 states that the Volkswagen legal mess related to Dieselgate was starting to wind down. But these new suits lay out very damning allegations suggesting of a cover-up at the highest levels, including the former CEO Martin Winterkorn and other top executives were involved.
And had significant knowledge of efforts to evade a mission stance for a long time.>> New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland filled separate, nearly identical lawsuits in state courts which include allegations that at least 8 employees in VW's engineering department deleted or removed incriminating data in August 2015. After a senior attorney advised them of an impending order not to destroy document.
Volkswagen is pushing back, saying the claims are essentially not new, and that it's regrettable some states have decided to sue. The cases are likely to further complicate things for VW which is still working out settlements with the US Justice department and the environmental protection agency. It also faces a justice department criminal investigation.