Some U.S. politicians want a bailout for VW to protect them from emission-rigging backlash

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Apparently, being caught illegally polluting the air that we all breathe isn't something that all politicians are against. While the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency are suing Volkswagen for knowingly cheating on emission tests, some politicians in Washington DC are trying to get a bill passed that would shield VW from class-action lawsuits from customers who feel they have been lied to (this isn't even debatable -- VW has admitted the deception).

The Fiscal Times reports:

a bill in Congress consisting of a little more than 100 words [...] known as the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” but lawyers and advocates call it the “VW Bailout Bill” [...] which will get a vote on the House floor in the first week of January, follows a series of steps by the judiciary to block the courthouse door on behalf of corporations. “There's no question the Supreme Court has ben moving in that direction to limit access to courts,” said Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy. “But Congress has never done something like this, trying to step in and wipe out class-actions.”

This could set a very bad precedent, and dilute the Clean Air Act's reach for future cases.

VW Beetle paintedWikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

Meanwhile, VW still hasn't properly fixed its hyper-polluting diesels. The EPA said Monday that VW’s proposals to bring its cars into compliance with emissions standards have so far been "inadequate," and a meeting has been set next week with the German automaker's CEO to try to figure out how to recall the half-a-million affected vehicle in the U.S. (and even after that, they still have millions more to deal with in Europe and Asia...).

VW Golf TDI 2009Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

Via Fiscal Times

Tags: Air Pollution | Air Quality | Pollution

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