VW closes a million-dollar settlement in class action lawsuits

Posted on May 25, 2022

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VW closes a million-dollar settlement in class action lawsuits

London/Wolfsburg (dpa)

The so-called defeat devices in diesel cars caused a stir not only in Germany: Now Volkswagen has concluded another comparison…

From dpa

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 6:22 p.m

After a British class action lawsuit in the diesel scandal, the Volkswagen car group has reached a settlement of around 227 million euros (193 million pounds).

More than 90,000 owners of diesel vehicles from the Volkswagen brands VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda had complained because of manipulated emission data. The case, which was due to be heard in London’s High Court in January 2023, is believed to be the largest class action lawsuit ever brought before an English court.

As part of the settlement, no admissions of liability, cost causation or loss were made, the group emphasized in a joint statement with the plaintiff on Wednesday. At the same time, VW apologized to its customers for installing the manipulation software and announced that they wanted to regain their trust. “The settlement is another important milestone on the way for the Volkswagen Group to put the deeply regrettable incidents behind us by September 2015,” said VW chief legal officer Philip Haarmann, according to the announcement.

defense satisfied with settlement

The managing director of the law firm Slater and Gordon, which represented around 70,000 plaintiffs, was “immensely proud” of the result. “The settlement eliminates a long, complex and expensive court case and we are pleased to have reached this settlement for our clients as a result of the class action.”

A so-called defeat device had detected in the EA189 diesel engine installed in millions of cars whether the car was in a test situation. Only then was the nitrogen oxide cleaning fully activated, while many times the pollutants were being blown into the air on the road.

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