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Mercedes-Benz Freed From County’s Emissions Tampering Suit

Sept. 21, 2022, 5:35 PM

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and its German parent Daimler AG escaped a suit brought by a Florida county that alleged emissions tampering, when a federal judge granted final dismissal of the case after two years and four amended complaints.

The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County alleged the companies engaged in a conspiracy to install “defeat device” software—which disables emissions controls—in new Mercedes diesel vehicles. The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida centered on post-sale updates that failed to remove the software from vehicles.

The commission alleged the companies committed tampering by “manufacturing and ...