Volkswagen appeals the emissions ruling to the US Supreme Court
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Volkswagen, which is now subject to Ohio’s anti-tampering laws, which it says could cost hundreds of billions of dollars, wants time to halt a state lawsuit, the automaker said in a court filing on Tuesday Thursday.
It’s about the 2015 scandal which found the automaker tampered with its vehicles to defraud US diesel emissions tests. The company ended up paying more than $ 33 billion in fines and settlements.
In the wake of the scandal, Ohio prosecutors sued the company, alleging that Volkswagen’s conduct, which affected approximately 14,000 vehicles sold or leased in Ohio, violated state anti-air pollution law.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled last month that federal clean air law does not prevent Ohio from seeking its own compensation against Volkswagen. Attorney General Dave Yost successfully argued that federal law does not prevent Ohio from suing for tampering with the emissions tests that occurred after new cars were sold.
Volkswagen says such lawsuits could cost the company $ 127 billion annually for several years. The company on Thursday urged the state Supreme Court to postpone its verdict while Volkswagen appeals to the US Supreme Court. Yost’s office does not object to the delay.