Michigan to receive millions under VW emissions settlement

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Owners and lessees of certain Volkswagen diesels will get a cash payout and a vehicle buyback or modifications to fix the emissions as part of a settlement by the automaker.

The State of Michigan will also be paid millions of dollars by Volkswagen for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices. That’s all stemming from the automaker marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal software that would cheat emission tests.

According to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette the state is eligible to receive more than $60 million to pay for environmental mitigation projects.

“Today’s settlement announcement sets in motion a long overdue fix by Volkswagen, who knowing deceived both consumers and the environmental regulations of this country,” said Schuette.

Volkswagen will also pay the state more than $1000 per car for vehicles sold in Michigan. That will amount to more than $13 million for affected vehicles that Volkswagen sold and leased in the state.

In addition to the money paid to the state, Michigan can still seek additional penalties from Volkswagen for violating environmental and emissions laws and regulations.

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