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Jun 28, 2016 10:37 AM

New Hampshire to get $35 million from Volkswagen as part of settlement


CONCORD - New Hampshire will be receiving $35 million as part of a multi-state agreement with Volkswagen over claims the company tampered with emissions controls in its vehicles.

State Attorney General Joseph Foster says the settlement is connected to a broader settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and class action plaintiffs that requires Volkswagen to fix the vehicles affected and provide funds for environmental mitigation.

In total, Volkswagen will pay New Hampshire approximately $6.1 million to settle Consumer Protection Act violations, up to $29 million in environmental mitigation, and many millions to fix or buy back impacted vehicles. according to the Attorney General's office.

New Hampshire will also receive an additional $340,000 because it actively participated in the group’s multi-state executive committee.

“The fraud perpetrated by Volkswagen and its affiliated companies is among the worst we have seen. The deception spanned multiple companies, vehicle models, and emissions systems. It clearly shows a corporate culture designed to mislead consumers and regulators while disregarding health and environmental concerns for the sake of profits. These settlements will hopefully convince other manufacturers to play by the rules,” Foster said in a statement.

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