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VW Supplier Pleads Guilty, Pays $35 Million Fine for Diesel Emissions Cheat

Volkswagen (VW) supplier IAV GmbH has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge and agreed to pay a $35 million criminal fine for its role in developing the defeat devices for VW diesel engines that cheated U.S. emissions standards. Federal prosecutors said that Berlin, Germany-based IAV GmbH agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and VW’s U.S. customers by misleading them about whether certain VW and Audi diesel vehicles complied with federal emissions standards. IAV GmbH and its co-conspirators knew the vehicles did not meet U.S. emissions standards and worked with VW and ... Read More

VW Emissions Settlements Don’t Affect County Claims, Plaintiffs Argue

Settlements resolving claims over Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions cheat and the federal Clean Air Act do not bar air pollution complaints lodged by Hillsborough County, Florida, and Salt Lake County, Utah, lawyers for the counties told a California federal court. Volkswagen is pressing the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to toss the counties’ claims that they are entitled to compensation for pollution caused by VW’s emissions cheat under state laws. Those complaints are currently included in multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidated in the California court. In 2014, West Virginia University researchers and other members of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) discovered ... Read More

VW Exec Gets 7-Year Sentence for Emissions Cheat Role

A top-ranking Volkswagen executive in the U.S. received a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to criminal charges connected to the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal. Oliver Schmidt, a German citizen who served as a Michigan-based liaison between VW and U.S. regulators pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and one count of violating the Clean Air Act. Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit sentenced Mr. Schmidt to seven years, the maximum allowable sentence for his offenses and the punishment that federal prosecutors had sought. Mr. Schmidt had asked the judge to cap his sentence ... Read More

States to Fight Pollution With Volkswagen Settlement Funds

U.S. States will soon have access to $2.7 billion of a Volkswagen settlement resulting from its use of emissions cheating devices in certain diesel vehicles, and that money may be invested in projects that promise to reduce pollution. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the state of Minnesota will receive a $47 million share of the Volkswagen settlement amount. Officials there are currently receiving proposals from a number of businesses and organizations urging that some of the funds be invested in various environmentally friendly projects and products. In June 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay the U.S. and automakers affected by ... Read More

Admitting Guilt For Its Emissions Cheat Shows VW Lied, Investors Claim

Volkswagen AG investors in a proposed class against the German automaker are seeking a partial summary judgment on certain claims involving the auto manufacturer’s emissions cheat, arguing the company acknowledged when it pleaded guilty to civil and criminal charges that it made false statements with intent to mislead. “Having accepted criminal liability for knowingly and fraudulently misrepresenting the ‘clean diesel’ vehicles’ ‘environmental friendliness,’ and emissions compliance, VW AG cannot credibly dispute that it misrepresented those same facts to investors, and did so with [full knowledge],” the investors claim, adding that “Discovery and further litigation on these undisputed points would be ... Read More

Volkswagen’s $1.22 Billion Repair and Buyback Plan Gets Preliminary Approval

A federal judge granted preliminary approval Feb. 14 to a $1.22 billion plan for German automaker Volkswagen to repair or buy back about 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. that are equipped with an emissions cheat that allows them to spew illegal levels of pollution. The deal follows an earlier agreement requiring Volkswagen to spend as much as $10.3 billion to fix or buy back nearly half a million 2.0-liter diesel vehicles equipped with the same emissions-cheating software that allows them to emit as much as 40 times the allowable limits of toxic air pollutants. U.S. Judge Charles Breyer ... Read More

Five More Volkswagen Execs Face Criminal Charges In U.S. For Emissions Scandal

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that five more Volkswagen executives have been charged for crimes in the German automaker’s emissions scandal, bringing recent indictments to six. The announcement follows the Saturday arrest of Oliver Schmidt, the top VW emissions compliance manager for Volkswagen in the U.S. Federal authorities arrested Mr. Schmidt, a German national, at the airport just before he boarded a flight from Miami to Germany. According to the New York Times, the five other VW executives charged Wednesday are: Heinz-Jakob Neusser, 56, who oversaw the company’s brand; Jens Hadler, 50, who oversaw engine development; Richard Dorenkamp, 68, another supervisor ... Read More

Volkswagen Executive Arrested For Duping U.S. In Emission Cheat Probe

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) authorities arrested a Volkswagen executive in Florida Saturday, accusing him of conspiracy to defraud the United States by blocking regulators from discovering that diesel-powered VW vehicles had been programmed to cheat emissions tests. According to the New York Times, the FBI accuses Oliver Schmidt, a German national, of misleading auto regulators after a University of West Virginia study in early 2014 uncovered discrepancies in VW diesel car emissions. The former top VW emissions compliance manager for Volkswagen in the U.S., Mr. Schmidt allegedly played a central role in trying to convince investigators that excessive emissions ... Read More

Engineer Who Developed VW’s Emissions Cheat Pleads Guilty To Criminal Charge

A Volkswagen engineer has pleaded guilty for his role in developing and implementing a software system that allowed the German automaker’s diesel-powered vehicles to cheat U.S. emissions tests for nearly a decade. James Robert Liang, 62, of Newburg Park, Calif., pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, to commit wire fraud, and to violate the Clean Air Act for his role in the emissions cheat. If convicted, Mr. Liang faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Mr. Liang worked in VW’s diesel development department in Wolfsburg, Germany, from 1983 through mid-2008. ... Read More

German magazine says as many as 30 managers knew about VW software emissions cheat

The German publication Der Spiegel is reporting as many as 30 Volkswagen managers had some role in the company’s emissions cheat software. The news was reported in the U.S. by Wired magazine. Volkswagen is the subject of several class action lawsuits after it was revealed proprietary software installed by the company disguised true nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions on more than 10 million diesel vehicles. In September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, alleging VW and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include a “cheat device.” The device is ... Read More