As emissions crisis deepens, VW faces $18B suit by feds

The civil lawsuit, filed Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice, seeks penalties for 600,000 cars with ‘cheat’ devices meant to skirt emissions tests.

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On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen, seeking more than $18 billion in sanctions in the wake of the company’s emissions scandal.

It’s the most recent development in a string of backlashes Volkswagen has faced since publicly admitting it installed “cheat” devices in its vehicles that skirt emissions tests. The crisis caused VW’s former CEO, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, to resign.

“Car manufacturers that fail to properly certify their cars and that defeat emission control systems breach the public trust,” John C. Cruden, assistant attorney general, said in a statement issued by the Justice Department.

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