The avalanche begins: Houston state attorney sues VW for $100 million

By Geoffrey Smith

Harris County, Houston has filed suit against Volkswagen seeking $100 million for damage to public health caused by its diesel vehicles.

The suit is the first to be filed by state attorneys in the spreading scandal, according to county attorney Vince Ryan. A wave of similar actions is expected both in the U.S. and Europe.

Ryan said VW had sold an estimated 6,000 diesel vehicles in the county. That’s around 1.5% of the total 482,000 vehicles in the U.S. that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates are fitted with software designed to understate the actual level of emissions.

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