Volkswagen diesel cars owners in Germany have filed the first lawsuit pursuing consumer compensation for harms from the car maker’s diesel outrage in a test case that could pile up pressure on it to recompense millions of European consumers.
Last year Volkswagen has settled to pay around 535,000 U.S. customers and car dealer’s compensation valued at about $20 billion, but has declined to make any similar offer to its more than nine million customers in Europe hurt by the emissions-cheating scandal.
In case if the German claim get ahead, it could mount into further prerogatives and Volkswagen’s costs to resolve the diesel scandal could rise significantly.
Meanwhile German consumer-advocacy Company MyRight filed the lawsuit on Tuesday against Volkswagen AG, asking for damages on behalf of a single VW buyer affected by its dishonesty scandal, the Braunschweig district court established.
Germany however doesn’t have U.S type class-action rules. In its place, a court will hear the case of a single accuser, which is then used as a model for lawsuit affecting other damaged parties. MyRight said it had also collected demands from about 100,000 other customers.
MyRight commissioned Hausfeld Rechtsanwälte LLP to handle the claims. Hausfeld is a subsidiary of the U.S. law firm that was part of the Joint Plaintiffs Committee that represented U.S. consumers in the Volkswagen class-action litigation.
Furthermore The Hausfeld attorneys in the filing are asking Volkswagen recompense their client for the full purchase price of EUR41,000 plus interest and legal fees, according to the reported court filing.
Volkswagen, who has self-confessed to having used illegal emissions-cheating software in more 11 million vehicles, faces claims from authorities and consumers around the globe, but only a limited number of plaintiffs have brought individual lawsuits in Germany.