Connecticut v. Hyundai Motor Co. (2016)
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Multi-state settlement of consumer-protection claims against car manufacturers that overstated their vehicles’ fuel efficiency.
Citation: Connecticut v. Hyundai Motor Co. (Conn. Super. Ct. 2016)
Topics: Air Pollution, Climate Change Mitigation
Type of action: Lawsuit vs. Private Party
States involved: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
Summary: Connecticut brought a state-law consumer protection action alleging that car manufacturers deviated from emissions-testing protocol and advertised their vehicles using inaccurate mileage estimates. The defendants agreed to pay $41 million to the state plaintiffs, and the plaintiffs released their consumer-protection but not related environmental claims.