VW Emissions Suit Could Open Door To Sweeping Settlement

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (January 4, 2016, 9:29 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's civil suit against Volkswagen over an alleged auto emissions cheating scheme leaves the door open for separate criminal charges against the company and individual executives, but experts say Monday's complaint could also set the stage for a global settlement that resolves both civil and criminal claims.

(Credit: AP) After the company admitted in September that it had since 2009 installed "defeat devices" in several car models of different engine sizes, many wondered how the Justice Department would respond. In the suit filed Monday, the government asserted a variety of civil claims under the Clean Air Act...

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