Texas, Harris County launch $100M suit against Volkswagen over ‘emissions scandal’

By David Yates

Harris County and the state of Texas have brought a $100 million environmental suit against Volkswagen, alleging the auto manufacture installed software to fool emissions testing of its clean diesel vehicles. 

The state, acting on behalf of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a necessary and indispensable party, and the county, which encompasses the city of Houston, filed the suit against Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America on Sept. 29 in Harris County District Court. 

According to the lawsuit, Volkswagen developed and installed software for vehicles that sensed when the vehicle was being tested for compliance with emissions standards.

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