Volkswagen is trouble, one after another. One of the latest is having been sued for fraud in West Virginia and being asked for pay the penalty financially.
Patrick Morrisey, the state's attorney general has filed a formal complaint against Volkswagen US' branch for violating the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. Morrisey's complaint claims that Volkswagen had ‘fraudulently manufactured, advertised and sold' polluting vehicles, saying it was good for the environment.
If the case goes in favour of West Virginia, the German carmaker will be in deep trouble as the state is asking for monetary penalty.
Morrisey is asking for refunds totaling the premium paid over a petrol model, the loss in resale value, and the expected costs of lost performance from the upcoming recall and repair of the vehicles. Also, he is asking the carmaker to pay the state USD 5000 for each affected vehicle and all costs concerned with preparing for the trial.
According to legal documents, the state currently has 2,684 diesel Volkswagens, registered between 2009 and 2015.
Apart from West Virginia, 29 other states are investigating the extent of damage Volkswagen has created and are looking for similar action against the carmaker. To add a cherry on the cake, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an ongoing investigation as well.
Volkswagen has announced that cars will be recalled in Germany from January 2016 and the company will try getting them fixed by the end of next year. VW's new CEO, Matthias Mueller has spoken to a German newspaper claiming even before the diesel engine scandal went public in the US, EPA was notified.