Kentucky's AG sues Volkswagen for emissions-rigging scheme

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general has sued Volkswagen, claiming the automaker's emissions-rigging scheme violated the state's consumer protection law.

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Tuesday that the suit filed in a state court seeks civil penalties totaling millions of dollars, plus restitution for nearly 3,800 vehicle owners in Kentucky.

Kentucky's lawsuit is the latest in the fallout against Volkswagen. In January, the U.S. Justice Department sued it over the emissions-cheating software found in hundreds of thousands of vehicle sold in the country.

Beshear, a Democrat, said Volkswagen must be held accountable for its "false and misleading" promotion and sales of its vehicles in the state.

A VW spokeswoman, Jeannine Ginivan, says the company typically doesn't comment on litigation.

Beshear's office says four other states have filed similar suits against the automaker.