The Latest: VW declines to comment on new diesel lawsuits

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Posted: Jul 19, 2016 11:12 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed against Volkswagen over vehicles equipped with software that cheated on emissions tests (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

A Volkswagen spokesman is declining to comment on lawsuits being brought by New York state and Massachusetts over diesel emissions cheating.

The lawsuits, announced Tuesday, allege that Volkswagen and its affiliates defrauded buyers by selling more than 40,000 vehicles that were equipped with software that concealed the true level of emissions in order to pass government tests.

The legal action seeks "substantial penalties" that would be based on a calculation of the duration of the alleged violations.

The lawsuits come after the German automaker agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to other settle consumer and government claims. The attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts argue that did not resolve claims regarding violating state environmental laws and did not cover all the affected vehicles.

Maryland's attorney general is also expected to file suit.

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10:25 a.m.

New York state and Massachusetts are suing Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating.

The lawsuits, announced Tuesday, allege that Volkswagen and its affiliates defrauded buyers by selling more than 40,000 vehicles that were equipped with software that concealed the true level of emissions in order to pass government tests.

Further, the suit says the German automaker submitted false documents to the two states as part of an effort to conceal the cheating.

The legal action comes after the German automaker agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to other settle consumer and government lawsuits

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the lawsuits expose "a culture of deeply rooted arrogance" and should serve as a warning to other companies that illegality will not be tolerated.

A message left with Volkswagen was not immediately returned.