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U.S. government sues Volkswagen over cheating on emissions tests

U.S. government sues Volkswagen over cheating on emissions tests

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil complaint Monday against Volkswagen over its sale of vehicles that used software to cheat on U.S. emissions tests, sharply turning up the heat on the German automaker.

The complaint, filed in federal court in Detroit on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, accused Volkswagen of violating federal law by installing the illegal software on 580,000 cars.

A total penalty amount was not stated, but the lawsuit says VW is liable for up to $32,500 or $37,500 per vehicle depending on the time of the violation. That could total more than $18 billion in fines, though it's unclear if the government would demand such a...

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