Court has Ordered Volkswagen to Pay Compensation to Customers

The German Federal Court has ordered the German auto giant Volkswagen to pay compensation to customers affected by the company’s scandal over diesel emissions.

The court said Monday in Karlsruhe that prosecutors, who want to recoup the money of the cars they bought, had to calculate their compensation based on the kilometers they drove.

The highest civilian court in Germany upheld the decision of the Regional Court in Koblenz, which ruled obligating Volkswagen to pay compensation to a buyer of a used “Sheeran” car worth 25,600 euros in addition to interest due to intentional unethical harm. The man argued in his call that he trusted the company’s advertising and believed he had bought an environmentally friendly car.

This ruling marks an important precedent for hundreds of thousands of people who have bought vehicles equipped with devices capable of fooling exhaust tests, in a scandal that has rocked Volkswagen and the entire auto industry since September 2015.

Both the plaintiff and defendant were appealed against the judgment of the Regional Court in Koblenz. The plaintiff purchased the car in 2014 for about 31,500 euros, and demanded a full refund of the price of the car, while Volkswagen refused to pay any compensation, as it considers that the car has been operating throughout this period; That is, the customer has not incurred any losses.

Volkswagen Group recently agreed to pay compensation to 235,000 owners of its cars in Germany, to avoid a class action lawsuit. The company will pay up to 830 million euros under the deal, which was negotiated with the consumer group “Federal Consumer Protection Organization.

But tens of thousands of consumers still intend to sue the car maker individually.

 

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The German Federal Court has ordered the German auto giant Volkswagen to pay compensation to customers affected by the company's scandal over diesel emissions.

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