BGH Condemns Audi for Emissions Scandal

The judgment of the Munich Higher Regional Court was confirmed by the BGH judges. This means that buyers of vehicles with the EA189 scandalous engine are entitled to compensation.

Diesel plaintiffs have for the first time fought for damages from Audi because of the VW scandal engine EA189 before the highest German civil court. The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe confirmed on Thursday four judgments of the Higher Regional Court Munich, which had largely awarded the Audi buyers the required money.

The EA189 engine was developed by Volkswagen, but was also used in various models from the VW subsidiary Audi. In two previous cases, the BGH missed concrete evidence that someone at Audi knew about the illegal exhaust technology. The Munich Higher Regional Court, on the other hand, came to the conclusion that it was unthinkable that not at least one person responsible for Audi was aware of it. The BGH judges complained about a number of errors, but saw themselves bound by the assessment of the higher regional court in the result. The four judgments are now final.

Most of those affected did not take legal action against Audi, but against VW. In this way, claims for damages were much easier to enforce. According to Audi, there are currently still a low four-digit number of pending proceedings. However, not all cases are comparable with the now decided.

 

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The judgment of the Munich Higher Regional Court was confirmed by the BGH judges. This means that buyers of vehicles with the EA189 scandalous engine are entitled to compensation.

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