Texas County Is First Government Agency to Sue VW for Environmental Harm

By The National Trial Lawyers

Harris County filed the lawsuit against the car manufacturer claiming that emissions from 6,000 diesel cars circulating on roadways in the region have caused harm to the population and environment of the region. This may be the first lawsuit filed by a government entity against the car company since management admitted to falsifying emissions numbers of certain cars released since 2009.

The Harris County Attorney’s Office appointed three law firms, including Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, to handle this important case. Harris County is seeking $100 million in damages, but that number could increase as more information about Volkswagen’s fraud becomes available.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said, “Volkswagen’s deceitful acts have damaged the county’s ability to improve air quality, reach clean air attainment status and protect our citizens.”

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