BERLIN – Baden-Württemberg is set to be the first federal state in Germany to file a lawsuit against Volkswagen over its diesel emissions scandal which has affected the official car fleets of many government authorities, officials said Monday.
Various departments of the state used Volkswagen automobiles that were equipped with a so-called cheating device that would positively influence emission tests.
The Ministry of Finance in Stuttgart said the case would be a “budgetary obligation” for it.
VW has acknowledged that about 11 million diesel cars worldwide were fitted with software that could cheat emissions tests intended to limit harmful car fumes.
The company has agreed to pay billions of dollars in the United States to resolve claims from owners and officials, and has even offered to buy back 500,000 polluting vehicles.
The company has yet to reach a deal in Europe, where it also faces costly claims.
VW has denied allegations that its chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, knew about the emissions test cheating almost three months before US authorities revealed their findings in Sept. 2015.