Judges reject VW appeals over emissions scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed appeals from Volkswagen seeking to stop state and local lawsuits related to the 2015 scandal in which the automaker rigged its vehicles to cheat U.S. diesel emissions testing.

Court action allows lawsuits from Ohio, Salt Lake County, Utah, and the Hillsborough County, Fla. Environmental protection agency, which includes Tampa, to continue . A lower court said Volkswagen could face “enormous liability” over state and local claims.

The company argued that federal law gives the United States Environmental Protection Agency, not state and local authorities, the power to regulate its conduct.

Germany-based Volkswagen ultimately paid more than $ 23 billion in fines and settlements with federal regulators, the company said in its court documents.

He now faces further lawsuits from state and local governments for admitting to installing software on 585,000 new cars sold in the United States and over 11 million cars worldwide, which activates pollution controls during government tests and stop them on the road.

The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Florida and Utah lawsuits could continue over software updates Volkswagen installed to allow the deception to continue, when the owners brought their vehicles for maintenance or recalls.

In a separate case, the Ohio Supreme Court also rejected Volkswagen’s arguments in ruling that the federal air quality law does not prejudge the state’s claim that Volkswagen has violated the laws. anti-pollution from Ohio.

The judges made no comment on the rejection, other than noting that Judge Stephen Breyer did not participate. Her brother, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco, handled some of the trials

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