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West Virginia Amends Complaint Over Volkswagen Emissions

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The West Virginia attorney general’s office has amended a civil complaint against Volkswagen of America Inc. over the automaker’s emissions-rigging scandal.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Wednesday the complaint now includes Volkswagen’s parent and its Audi and Porsche brands. The German automaker has admitted rigging diesel emissions technology to pass U.S. smog tests.

The Kanawha County Circuit Court complaint also includes German auto supplier Bosch, which made the “defeat devices” that turned pollution controls on during Environmental Protection Agency lab tests and turned them off on real roads. That allowed the cars to emit more pollution while being driven.

The complaint seeks civil penalties of $5,000 per violation and refunds for West Virginia consumers who bought Volkswagen’s TDI clean diesel vehicles.

A Volkswagen U.S.-based spokeswoman didn’t immediately offer comment Wednesday.