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Judges Doubt Counties’ Bid To Bypass Preemption For VW Emissions Fines

August 7, 2019
Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit appear to doubt two counties’ case seeking civil penalties from automaker Volkswagen (VW) for its use of “defeat device” software to cheat on federal air emissions standards, pressing the counties’ hard at Aug. 6 oral argument on why their claims are not preempted by federal claims. At argument in In re: EPC of Hillsborough County., et al v. Volkswagen Group. of America, et al. , Judge Richard Tallman expressed...

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