New Jersey becomes the forth state in the United States filing a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG over the automaker’s excess diesel emissions.
Volkswagen is facing more than 500 lawsuits in the United States, after the company has disclosed that 482,000 2.0-litre 2009-2015 diesel cars and 85,000 of its larger cars powered by the 3.0-litre V6 have higher-than-allowed emissions. The owners of the affected cars are not the only ones seeking justice for the deception, but increasingly more state governments are also taking legal actions against the German automaker. After Texas, West Virginia and Harris County, Texas, another US state said last month it filed a complaint over the emissions scandal. New Mexico sued Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi and their US subsidiaries in a district court, for violations of the state’s air quality standards act and deceptive marketing campaigns. And now, New Jersey has just announced it is joining the party.
New Jersey’s acting attorney general, John J. Hoffman, accused VW and its premium divisions of massive fraud against consumers and violating state clean air laws. “For the past decade Volkswagen engaged in one of the largest frauds in the history of the automobile industry,” the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Hudson County said. “It developed and distributed into the marketplace sophisticated software to evade emissions requirements, it misled regulators about the true environmental impact of its vehicles, and it misled consumers about the products that it was marketing as supposedly good for the environment.” In addition to civil penalties for alleged violation of state air pollution and consumer fraud laws, the state is also seeking compensation to consumers.