VW, Missouri AG Agree To Take Emissions Suit To Calif. MDL

Law360, New York (November 16, 2016, 2:17 PM EST) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has agreed to merge his lawsuit over Volkswagen AG’s alleged practice of programming clean-diesel vehicles to evade emissions standards with more than 1,100 similar lawsuits pending in California, according to court filings Tuesday.

Volkswagen and its subsidiaries said it would be more efficient to include Missouri’s lawsuit with claims by plaintiffs in 11 other states that are pending before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco, who approved the automaker’s $14.7 billion settlement with the federal government and consumers last month.

The company had argued that Missouri was trying to enforce a federal standard in a way...

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