The Volkswagen Group, which has paid a heavy price for its “emissions gate”, is once again being targeted by the United States. June 2, according tomedia reports, the United States Salt Lake City and Hillsborough County, two counties in the U.S. 9th Circuit court sued Volkswagen Group, said its “emissiongate” involved vehicles harm the local environment. Although VW has previously spent nearly $30 billion to reach settlements with the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and victim owners, the two counties still have legal rights to hold VW accountable.
The report said the 9th U.S. Circuit Court ruled on June 1st local time that VW could not escape potential financial penalties from two counties in Florida and Utah, a move that could have made VW’s “diesel emissions door” worse and cost the company sky-high fines.
Salt Lake City and Hillsborough counties are fined $5,000 a day for illegal vehicle modifications, while at least 6,100 Volkswagen diesel vehicles using illegal software are in both counties. That means VW faces a $30.5 million-a-day fine and up to $11.133 billion a year.
In response, VOLKSWAGEN said it would seek an appeal from the 9th Circuit or further review by the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming that “this ruling conflicts with the findings of other courts.”
So far, VW has lost about 31.3 billion euros (about 245 billion yuan) in the “emissiongate” incident. Volkswagen expects losses caused by “emissions gates” to continue until 2021.