VW agrees to $33 million Dieselgate emissions cheating settlement with Maryland officials

by Charles Miller

Volkswagen has reached a $33 million deal with Maryland officials to settle emissions cheating allegations made by the state against the German automaker. Maryland authorities has alleged that Volkswagen violated state law by installing an emissions cheat device on diesel-powered VW, Audi, and Porsche models that were sold there.

Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 that it had installed emissions cheating software on 11 million VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel models worldwide, including more than 600,000 cars in the U.S. In 2016, VW agreed to pay $14.7 billion to settle lawsuits filed by thousands of U.S. drivers affected by the company’s emissions cheating during the “Dieselgate” scandal.

As part of the Maryland settlement, Volkswagen – along with its affiliate companies Audi and Porsche – agreed to pay a $29 million civil penalty for its emissions cheating actions. VW also agreed to introduce three new electric cars into Maryland and to use a port facility located in Maryland as part of the company’s east coast operations for a period of five years. The port agreement is valued at approximately $4.5 million.

Volkswagen’s settlement with Maryland concludes the automaker’s negotiations with so-called “Section 177” states, which follow emissions standards set in the state of California under Section 177 of the Clean Air Act. In 2017, VW reached a deal with 10 other Section 177 states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – in which the German automaker agreed to pay about $157 million in penalties to settle emissions cheating allegations by officials in these states.

The Maryland settlement also ends consumer protection claims for states seeking injunctive relief for claims involving diesel-powered VW models equipped with a 3.0 liter diesel engine. VW reached a $603 million settlement with 44 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, which excluded Maryland and several other states.

Emissions Cheating Claims Filed Against VW and Other Automakers

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by Charles Miller

Charles Miller is a licensed attorney and a partner at Heygood, Orr & Pearson. Charles focuses his practice on areas of complex commercial litigation and personal injury litigation.