VW Urges the Supreme Court to overturn Ohio’s diesel emissions ruling
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) on Tuesday called on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by the Ohio court that paved the way for the state, a lawsuit over its diesel emissions scandal and the Manipulate emissions to initiate control systems.
The German automaker had previously asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that said two counties could impose billions of dollars in diesel-related fines. This application is still pending.
In June, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6: 1 that federal air pollution law does not prevent federal claims that Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has or prohibits state oversight after the sale of a vehicle or engine, like VW asserts.
“This is an important decision that will ensure that Volkswagen can be held accountable,” said Yost in June.
VW said in court records that Ohio’s claims could run to $ 350 million a day or more than $ 127 billion a year over a period of several years.
Ohio said VW carried out “fraudulent recalls” after selling vehicles.
VW and supplier Robert Bosch LLC in January called on the US Supreme Court to overturn a unanimous ruling by the 9th District Court of Appeals that Salt Lake County, Utah and Hillsborough County, Florida could have “staggering” claims for damages for updates made to environmentally harmful ones Diesel vehicles were made after the sale.
The US Supreme Court in April invited the Department of Justice to comment on the matter.
VW admitted secretly using illegal software to circumvent emissions regulations in 2015 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in 2017.
Volkswagen has settled more than $ 20 billion in lawsuits triggered by the emissions scandal, but that didn’t protect it from local and state government liability, the appeals court found.
US District Judge Charles Breyer, who ruled in favor of VW in 2018, stated that the automaker’s “potential fines could reach $ 30.6 million a day and $ 11.2 billion a year,” if the two Districts are affected.
Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Sonya Hepinstall