May 25, 2020

Volkswagen loses landmark German 'dieselgate' case

Germany's highest civil court has ruled that Volkswagen must pay compensation to a motorist who had bought one of its diesel minivans fitted with emissions-cheating software. The ruling sets a benchmark for about 60,000 other cases in Germany. VW has already settled a separate €830m class action suit involving 235,000 German car owners. VW disclosed at the time that it had used illegal software to manipulate the results of diesel emissions tests. Last month, their case cleared its first hurdle in the High Court, when a judge ruled that the software installed in the cars was indeed a "Defeat device" under EU rules.

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