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.
While VW has already paid out billions to US consumers, German diesel owners have been waiting years for compensation for their recalled vehicles. The company stressed that the talks are in the early stages.
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