MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is suing Volkswagen, saying the automaker's diesel emissions-rigging scandal violated the state's consumer and environmental laws.
Attorney General William Sorrell said Thursday that the state has rejected as inadequate a proposed settlement by Volkswagen that would have paid $1,000 per vehicle for violating consumer protection laws.
He says on a per capita basis, Vermont bought more of these vehicles than any state other than Oregon.
Sorrell says Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi AG and Porsche AG and their American subsidiaries polluted Vermont's air, covered up their wrongdoing to mislead environmental regulators and sold the vehicles at a premium while also deceptively advertising them as "clean," ''green" and "environmentally friendly."
The lawsuit seeks penalties for violating Vermont's consumer protection and environmental laws.
Volkswagen did not immediately respond to the complaint.