A U.S. appeals court in Alaska ruled on June 1 that Volkswagen Group cannot sidestep penalties from different U.S. counties for the diesel emissions scandal just because VW had been tried by the U.S. federal court in the past.
The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of Utah’s Salt Lake County and Florida’s Hillsborough County, which sued VW for using cheating software in its diesel trucks to enable excess pollution while skirting legal regulations.
Theoretically, VW could incur “staggering” liabilities up in the billions.
VW would incur a penalty of $5,000 per day from each county. The automaker said that it planned to push for further review, as it claims the appeals court’s ruling conflicts with other courts’ rulings and that it would push for review.
VW admitted in 2015 to using cheating software to beat U.S. emissions tests while emitting up to 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road.
Source: Automotive News