German carmaker Volkswagen on Wednesday 25 May agreed to pay £193 million (s226 million euros) in compensation to 91,000 British motorists who believed themselves injured by a rigged engine scandal and had launched legal proceedings.
“Volkswagen Group and the plaintiffs have reached an amicable settlement today” In this case, the manufacturer announced in a press release that, while British justice had ruled in favor of motorists two years earlier, had not yet ruled on compensation.
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this Agreement “Resolves approximately 91,000 claims against various Volkswagen Group entities and dealers in this class action lawsuit in England and Wales”,
Beyond the declared amount, distributed among plaintiffs by their attorneys, Automobile Group specifies contributions to plaintiffs’ legal costs and other costs.
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Overall, around 1.2 million Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and koda brand vehicles in the United Kingdom were affected by frauds recognized by the German giant at the end of 2015, out of a total of eleven million diesel cars in the world.
The High Court in London ruled in April 2020 that Volkswagen had indeed put in place “fraudulent software” Breaking EU regulations in cars sold in the UK to pass emissions tests. Following the decision, Volkswagen speculated that “The matter continues”that the plaintiff was not harmed and that he would not indemnify them.
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Wednesday’s announcement does not represent “Not an acceptance of liability, cause or harm” plaintiff, Volkswagen said in its statement. but “legal costs” who awaited him in this case, with possible appeals procedures, “were such that compromise was the most prudent course of action”Manufacturer’s estimate.
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agreement “Another important step as Volkswagen Group continues to move forward after deeply regrettable incidents” Volkswagen’s general counsel Philip Harmon, quoted in the press release, commented that led to the matter.
Dieselgate, which has led to legal action in several countries, has already cost Volkswagen more than 30 billion euros, much of it in the United States where the German conglomerate pleaded guilty to fraud in 2017.
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