Judge Approves Settlement for VW Dieselgate 3.0-Liter Vehicles

By Jesse Sokolow on 20 May 2017
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Volkswagen announced a resolution for the Dieselgate lawsuits concerning its 3.0-liter diesel-powered vehicles.

Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to the settlement agreement between the beleaguered automaker company and private plaintiffs on Wednesday.

The settlement will resolve outstanding civil claims concerning around 78,000 3.0-liter V6 diesel-powered vehicles in the United States.

Judge Breyer also approved three consent decrees and orders between Volkswagen and the Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California, and the Federal Trade Commission.

Volkswagen said that the settlement will allow it to offer finally offer a resolution to all of its diesel customers in the United States.

In February, the German automaker agreed to plead guilty and pay a $4.3 billion penalty for having installed software on its diesel-powered vehicles that would deceive U.S. regulators. The software activated pollution controls during emissions tests and left them off during actual driving.

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