According to Frosh, the state of Maryland is acting in coordination with New York and Massachusetts, along with others, and each of the attorneys generals is communicating with their equivalents to prepare the case.
As Bloomberg notes, the Attorney General of Maryland will have a press conference in Baltimore to announced the plans regarding a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG.
Along with other U.S. states, Maryland’s Attorney General wants to hold the German automaker accountable for its actions over the past years regarding defrauding regulators, as well as pollution caused without any penalty.
Volkswagen settled with US regulators last month to pay approximately $15.3 billion, but the deal only involved payments to clients of the dieselgate-affected vehicles. Now, the German corporation is facing lawsuits from both government authorities and consumer groups alike.
The lawsuits we mentioned are not only happening in the USA, as South Korea plans an independent action on the matter. Meanwhile, European laws do not work in a way that allows this kind of lawsuits for consumer groups, but individual countries could find solutions to sanction Volkswagen for its behavior.
In the case of Maryland, Volkswagen will be taken to court for violating the state’s environmental laws. Regarding other U.S. states, like California, environmental protection laws enforced across the state allow authorities to sanction automakers if they discover any irregularities in emission testing.
In the case of Volkswagen, a company that has recognized a cheating scheme applied worldwide, including in the USA, prosecutors will not have to focus on demonstrating the blame, but rather find a way to calculate the penalty that they will apply to the automaker.