The car company paid huge government penalties for its "clean diesel" claims in the U.S. but virtually nothing in Europe.
Theoretically, the agreement will settle more than 600 lawsuits filed after the revelation that VW cheated on its emissions tests.
Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11 million cars may be responsible for up to nearly a million tons of air pollution a year worldwide, according to a Guardian analysis.
Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are working toward labor harmony with union representation at VW’s Chattanooga plant. So a right-wing anti-union group is mounting the fight that VW doesn’t want to wage, fearing that success by the UAW could give unionization momentum in the "right-to-work" South.