Dec 2, 2019

Volkswagen: UK motorists begin mass claim over emissions scandal

The UK's first major mass litigation has begun, with about 100,000 motorists seeking redress from Volkswagen over the "Dieselgate" emissions scandal. In 2015, VW admitted 11 million cars worldwide - including 1.2 million in the UK - were fitted with software that cut emissions readings in tests. The judge will also be asked to determine whether the High Court is bound by the German transport regulator's finding that the software installed was a defeat device. "Gareth Pope, head of group litigation at Slater and Gordon, which represents more than 70,000 claimants, said:"This trial will establish once and for all whether VW installed prohibited 'defeat devices' in affected vehicles and is a significant milestone in our clients' attempts to hold VW accountable in the UK. "This is a decisive point for VW. For years, the carmaker has deceived its customers, marketing cars as complying with emissions standards while all the time knowing they were emitting many times more than the allowed level of toxic pollutants, perpetrating an environmental and health scandal." "More than four years after the emissions scandal broke, the tens of thousands of customers will be able to hold VW to account in a British court of law and expose its efforts to cheat us."

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