The German car group Volkswagen will pay more than $157 million to the authorities of ten U.S. states to settle lawsuits brought against it due to violation of environmental standards, AFP reports.
Representatives of the concern explained that the amount will be distributed among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. "The agreement will help to avoid further long and costly litigation, as Volkswagen continues to work to earn the trust of its customers, regulators and the public," the company said.
Earlier Volkswagen reached a preliminary agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the settlement of claims in the scandal known as "dieselgate". According to the agreement, the concern will pay $4.3 billion in fines. In addition, Volkswagen officially recognized its guilt.