The state of Missouri sued Volkswagen AG on Monday, becoming the 17th U.S. state to take legal action against the German automaker over its cheating on diesel emissions.
The suit was filed in a St. Louis court against the German automaker and affiliates Audi AG and Porsche AG and their American subsidiaries, Attorney General Chris Koster’s office said.
Missouri’s lawsuit adds to the financial risks for Volkswagen from suits filed by state regulators who are seeking financial penalties in addition to any federal or civil claims the automaker will pay. The 16 other states that have sued Volkswagen include California, New York, Texas and New Jersey.
In August, Volkswagen agreed to hold settlement talks with at least four U.S. states starting no later than Nov. 1.
To date, Volkswagen has already agreed to pay a total of $16.7 billion in settlements related to its use of illegal software to defeat U.S. emissions testing.