PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently announced that Volkswagen will pay $40 million after allegations of false advertising related to its so-called “clean diesel” cars.
“The Attorney General’s Office isn’t afraid to take on a fight when Arizona consumers are deceived, which is why we filed our own consumer fraud lawsuit against VW,” Brnovich said in a statement. “We believed Arizona consumers deserved more and now they’re getting more.”
VW will pay Arizona consumers up to $1,000 for every qualifying vehicle. Arizona becomes the first state to obtain direct restitution for consumers from a state enforcement action.
"While the additional $20 million secured for education purposes is a fraction of the money needed to address the state's education funding needs, we are happy to play a small part in a larger goal to get our teachers and schools the funding they desperately need,” Brnovich said.
Handling the case for Arizona are assistant attorneys general Oramel H. (O.H.) Skinner, Beau Roysden and Evan Daniels.
The settlement relates to certain VW, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles sold and leased between 2008 and 2015 in Arizona.