LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)
— California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the California Air Resources
Board (CARB) announced Dec. 20 an additional $66 million settlement with
The settlement stems from an
ongoing case involving “defeat device” software. Volkswagen allegedly violated California’s environmental laws by
using these devices to bypass emissions controls in its Volkswagen, Audi and
Porsche 3.0-liter diesel vehicles.
The $66 million will be put
toward mitigating environmental harm with $25 million used to
provide incentives for the purchase of zero emission vehicles. The funds are
part of a $225 million nationwide agreement.
Harris’ office negotiated this
settlement along with the California Air Resources Board, the U.S. Department
of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agreement
represents the third partial settlement with Volkswagen after the $14.7 billion
agreement VW made with the United States, of which $1.18 billion went
to California, plus a $86 million civil penalty settlement California obtained
from the company.
Californians seeking environmentally friendly vehicles, harming consumers and
our environment in pursuit of profit,” Harris said. “We will continue to
pursue every possible avenue to hold Volkswagen accountable for violating our
environmental protection laws, mitigate the damage that was done, and secure
relief and compensation for consumers who were deceived.”