CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Nueces County Commissioners Court retained Robert C. Hilliard of Hilliard Munoz Gonzales to prosecute an action on behalf of the county seeking civil penalties against Volkswagen. Mr. Hilliard, who was also retained by Bexar and Webb Counties to prosecute similar actions, believes that the Counties need to file suit against Volkswagen to protect their rights.
"Volkswagen has admitted that their vehicles released nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide at levels that far exceed allowable standards," says Hilliard. "NOx and CO2 contribute to ozone formation, which diminishes the county's air quality—and VW's conduct is in direct violation of Texas law, which the counties have authority to enforce."
The Texas Water Code allows counties to file suit for violations of certain provisions of the Texas Health and Safety Code. The violations carry stiff fines—not less than $50 and not more than $25,000 for each day of each violation. VW has admitted that vehicles as early as 2009 were affected.
Hilliard states that "The counties have and will continue to directly suffer from VW's conduct. When a county does not meet EPA standards, they are subject to fines. The enforcement mechanisms in the Water Code are critical to ensure that everyone does their part and, when they don't, allows those who have been aggrieved to seek compensation. Nueces County has an obligation to protect its citizens, and that is exactly what the county is doing."
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