It's the first case brought by a private car owner in Germany against the giant automaker in the dieselgate scandal. And Monday's ruling was followed closely by thousands of other VW car drivers.
Germany's top civil court has ruled against Volkswagen in the first case brought by a car owner against the automaker for emissions test cheating. The ruling sets a precedent for thousands more cases.
Germany's highest civil court has sided with customers in the VW "dieselgate" scandal. The decision is a victory for consumer protection and a wake-up call for companies that cheat, says DW's Henrik Böhme.
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and supervisory board chief Hans Dieter Poetsch have avoided trial over "market manipulation" allegations with an out-of-court settlement of €9 million, the company said.
Five years after the Volkswagen emissions scandal began, the automaker has reached a settlement with Germany's consumer federation. The amount is a fraction of what the company was ordered to pay American consumers.
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