UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The German concern Volkswagen will pay multimillion compensation to the plaintiffs who have sued the automaker because of the “diesel scandal”.
This was announced on Friday on German television by company representative Hiltrud Werner.
Earlier, the Braunschweig court announced that a settlement was reached between Volkswagen and the plaintiffs.
“€ 830 million is a painful amount even for a concern like Volkswagen, but it’s the best solution,” Werner said. According to her, the plaintiffs will be paid different amounts of compensation.
“From € 1250 to € 6250 depending on the car,” she said. Payments will be able to get about 260 thousand people. Those dissatisfied with the amount have the right to refuse compensation and file a new lawsuit on an individual basis.
The Federal Union of the Consumer Protection Society (VZBV), together with the All-German Automobile Club, filed a class action lawsuit against the automaker on November 1, 2018. The plaintiffs intended to prove that the concern “by manipulating the software intentionally harm customers.”
Anyone who purchased diesel engines of the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda or Seat brands with engines of the EA189 type, starting from November 2008, could join the complaint. The lawsuit, which is set out on more than 200 pages, was sent to a court in Braunschweig.
The “diesel scandal” flared up in 2015 when it turned out that Volkswagen cars with diesel engines were equipped with software that allowed underestimating the levels of harmful substances in exhaust gases. Thanks to this system, the concern was able to create the appearance of car compliance with environmental standards. In reality, they repeatedly exceeded the established limit level of air pollution.
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