Kentucky filed suit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units last month, claiming the German automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scheme violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act. “Volkswagen must be held accountable for its false and misleading promotion and sales of its vehicles in the Commonwealth,” Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said in a statement. The suit, filed in Franklin Circuit Court, also names VW’s Porsche and Audi units and seeks civil penalties for violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act and an injunction barring similar future practices by the company.
Kentucky is at least the fifth U.S. state to sue VW, along with New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico and West Virginia. We mentioned above in this issue the suit our firm filed for a large Florida county. Harris County, Texas, is also suing Volkswagen. The U.S. Justice Department has also filed its own lawsuit accusing VW of violating clean air laws and is seeking up to $46 billion.
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