The U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen for its diesel scandal.
The government is alleging that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices that impaired emission control systems in nearly 600,000 vehicles. The allegations in the lawsuit could result in billions of dollars in fines with the Justice Department accusing the German automaker of four counts of violating the U.S. Clean Air Act, including tampering with the emissions control system and failing to report violations.
The lawsuit is being filed in the Eastern District of Michigan before it is transferred to Northern California, where class-action lawsuits against Volkswagen are currently pending.
Since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on EPA diesel emissions tests last September, the Justice Department has been investigating Volkswagen for misleading U.S. consumers and regulators. The civil lawsuit does not preclude the Justice Department from also pursuing criminal charges against the automaker.
“The United States will pursue all appropriate remedies against Volkswagen to redress the violations of our nation’s clean air laws,” said Assistant Attorney General John Cruden of the environment and natural resources division at the Justice Department.
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