Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has obtained a court order to serve the County’s lawsuit against Volkswagen on its parent companies in Germany.

Ryan sued Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., in September 2015, accusing the company of fraudulently manipulating emission controls in their vehicles, thus allowing them to spew dangerous chemicals into the county’s air.  Ryan estimates that civil penalties could be in excess of $100 million for the thousands of diesel Volkswagens sold in Texas.

“The heart and mind of the conspiracy to pollute the air and lie about it came from the VW parent corporations in Germany,” Harris County Attorney Ryan explained. “They must be held accountable in a Texas court.”

The court order directs Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Audi Aktiengesellschaft to be served with the lawsuit by APS International, Ltd., a firm hired by the County Attorney.   The service would be in accordance with international law, known as the Hague Convention.

A hearing is scheduled on April 1, 2016, before Judge Tim Sulak, 133rd District Court in Travis County.  State Judge Tim Sulak was named last month by the Texas Supreme Court to be in charge of multi-district litigation for the scores of government and consumer suits filed against Volkswagen connected to the admitted falsification of contaminate emission data from VW’s diesel cars.

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  1. Jim March 30, 2016 7:13 pm 

    Intentional skirting of US EPA regulations is a pretty serious offense. Here in California, if a driver is found to modify a car engine after having passed pollution control checks that person would be liable for a substantial fine.

    It appears that Volkswagon intentionally did as much though on a much larger scale. Couple that with the fact that the US government gave a $1300 rebate back to each purchaser of a TDI equipped Volkswagon/Audi and you have a corporation that has essentially robbed the American peope of a substantial amount of taxpayer money – not to mention a likely degradation to clean air in all 50 states.

    Fines are in order here. If, as the Supreme Court notes that corporations are essentially ‘individuals’ then let them pay the requisite fines and penalties that 480,000 individuals (i.e. cars) would have been assessed had each been found guilty of gaming the EPA regulations. Thrown on top of that the $624,000,000 owed back in taxpayer funded rebates.

    This is disgusting.

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