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On heels of emissions cheating scandal, 2 Utahns file lawsuit against VW

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two Utahns filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against Volkswagen on the heels of the emissions cheating scandal.

Michael Yeoman and Sean Myles, both of Salt Lake City, say they would not have bought 2012 and 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDIs, respectively, had they known the German automaker rigged them to skirt clean air regulations, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.

Both say they relied on company advertising and statements that the diesel cars were clean, low-emission vehicles, with a long useful life, above average mileage and high performance. They understood the cars complied with all emission standards, the lawsuit says.

Volkswagen admitted this week that it used software that allowed its diesel cars to release fewer smog-causing pollutants during tests than in real-world driving conditions. The cars, including the Audi A3, VW Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat models, were built in the past seven years.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of punitive and other damages.

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