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04 Jan 2017

“VW faces first legal test case over emissions in Germany”


Consumer association myRight has filed the first lawsuit in Germany aiming to force carmaker Volkswagen to repurchase vehicles affected by the emissions scandal, writes Andreas Cremer for Reuters. VW pledged to compensate owners of its cars in the US but “different legal rules weaken the chances of affected customers winning a pay out” in Europe, where VW simply removes illicit software and claims that the fixes do not lead to a loss of value, writes Cremer. myRight’s lawsuit is supposed to act as a model for future related cases, but does not have the legal effect of resolving all individual claims like a US class action, according to Cremer.

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Find background in the CLEW dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers.

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