(Reuters) – Volkswagen AG agreed to a $ 3.5 million deal with Ohio over allegations that the German automaker violated state laws by manipulating vehicle computer software in its vehicles to mask carbon dioxide emissions, the state prosecutor said. In November.
Volkswagen's US subsidiary claimed that under the Clean Air Act, the United States landmark for environmental law, only the federal government can pursue emission claims. VW noted that they had already reached a more than $ 20 billion deal with the US Environmental Protection Agency and owners.
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The deal is a fraction of what Ohio had previously sought. VW said in previous court documents that Ohio's claims could have amounted to "$ 350 million a day, or more than $ 127 billion a year, over a multi-year period."
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said: "The damage to the environment and consumer confidence required that we would hold Volkswagen accountable and this deal does. ”
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the prosecutor's office will share the prize to decide the 2016 trial.
In 2015, Volkswagen revealed that they had used sophisticated software to avoid emissions requirements in almost 11 million vehicles worldwide.