Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay California $86 million in civil penalties related to the emissions cheat. This is in addition to the $14.7 billion settlement reached with the federal government referred to above. California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced this settlement on July 7 and it appears to be a very good settlement for California.
The settlement, if approved by a California federal judge, would be California’s largest money recovery ever from an automaker. It would resolve claims under the state’s Unfair Competition Law and the Dodd-Frank Act. The misconduct by Volkswagen is giving rise to the state’s penalties the very same that led to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) settlement.
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