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Democratic AGs Seek Stiffer Penalties for CAFE-Standards Violations

A group of 13 Democratic AGs, led by California AG Rob Bonta and New York AG Letitia James, sent a letter to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to restore penalties for automakers that failed to meet corporate average fuel economy (“CAFE”) standards for model years 2019-2021 vehicles. The letter calls on NHTSA to immediately…

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Republican Attorneys General Oppose Reinstatement of California’s Clean Air Act Waiver

A group of 16 Republican AGs, led by Ohio AG Dave Yost, sent a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) urging it to not reinstate California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act, which the letter argues is unconstitutional. In the letter, the AGs urge the EPA to maintain the Trump administration’s Safer…

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Truck Leasing Company and its Inspectors Accused of Fraudulently Issuing Passing Inspection Certificates for Its Trucks

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sued national truck rental company Penske Leasing and Rental Company, LP and six of its inspectors (collectively “Penske”) over allegations that it allegedly issued fraudulent passing inspection certificates to some of its vehicles in violation of the Massachusetts Clean Air Act and regulations governing its Motor Vehicle Inspection Program, the Massachusetts Inspection and Maintenance Act, and the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.

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Subprime Auto Loan Company Settles Allegations It Turned Blind Eye to Shady Car Dealers

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with subprime automobile finance company United Auto Credit Corporation (“UACC”) to resolve allegations that it facilitated the sale of defective vehicles and forced some consumers to sign Voluntary Surrender Agreements with broad release language in violation of Massachusetts’s consumer protection laws.

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Auto Parts Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $4 Million for Contamination Cleanup

New York AG Letitia James and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) reached a settlement with auto parts manufacturer American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (“American Axle”) to resolve allegations that its manufacturing site in Tonawanda, New York, was contaminated with chemicals and petroleum in violation of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) and state environmental laws.

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