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Volkswagen US unit settles lawsuit involving emissions marketing

The U.S. unit of Volkswagen AG has agreed to settle a lawsuit in U.S. federal court over its clean-emissions marketing campaign, Bloomberg reported Feb. 24.

The suit, which was dismissed Feb. 23 by a circuit court judge in Fairfax County, Virginia, alleged that Volkswagen deceived customers by rigging its emissions, according to the report. Volkswagen Group of America Inc. is based in Virginia.

Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that it had installed emissions software in roughly 11 million diesel cars that detected when they were being tested in laboratories, in a scheme to bolster its sales of "clean diesel" automobiles and to pass strict emissions standards and appeal to environmentally conscious consumers, according to Bloomberg. The company has since incurred $30 billion in expenses and two of its executives were sent to prison.

A trial had been scheduled for the first half of the year.

Volkswagen declined to comment Feb. 23, according to a Reuters report.