Moscow. January 5. The U.S. Department of justice filed a civil lawsuit against German automaker Volkswagen AG, accusing the company of violating four sections of the clean air Act (Clean Air Act), reports Bloomberg.
The total penalty for these charges could reach $80 billion, however, according to a source in the Ministry of justice, the court is unlikely to appoint the maximum punishment. However, another source noted that the final amount likely will be expressed in billions of dollars.
Against Volkswagen has already filed hundreds of lawsuits from U.S. citizens, and regulators at least seven countries, including Germany, continue to conduct investigation. In addition, the U.S. government can bring a criminal case against the company on charges of providing false information to the Agency for environmental protection (Environmental Protection Agency, EPA).
“U.S. demand and achieve far greater penalties for violation of environmental legislation than other countries, says Professor of law at the University of Michigan David Ullman, specializing in environmental offences. Volkswagen needs to fix the problems it has created, to cooperate with the investigation and to compensate the caused damage”.
The Volkswagen scandal broke out in September 2015, after the EPA revealed that the company installed in its vehicles with diesel engines are computer programs that during inspections understate the indicators of harmful emissions.
In addition to the eponymous brand, the German automaker owned by Volkswagen passenger cars brand Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Skoda, Ducati motorcycles, trucks MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial.