State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that his office, in conjunction with the Attorneys General of Massachusetts and Maryland, have sued Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche over their over diesel emissions cheating.  The lawsuit alleges that the automakers defrauded their customers, deceived regulators and then tried to cover up their actions.

Attorney General Schneiderman said:

“The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law and the protection of public health and the environment,”. “These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law—and seek the stiffest possible sanctions—to protect our citizens.”

A copy of the New York complaint can be found here.