Belgian court admits class action against Volkswagen
A Brussels civilian court decreed the class action demand against Volkswagen and Volkswagen importer D’Ieteren, emitted by consumer organization Test Aankoop/Test Achats, receivable.
In 2016 the consumer organization started a class action against Volkswagen and D’Ieteren as a result of the revelations in ‘Dieselgate’, where VW has admitted using software in his cars (11 million in total), capable of misleading official anti-pollution control mechanisms.
Opt Out scheme
“This is very good news for all Belgian customers”, declared Test Aankoop/Test Achats on Tuesday, “the more so because the Brussels Court has chosen the Opt Out system, so that we can represent all the Belgian customers, owning a car from the VW Group impacted by the case.”
Until now, the consumer organization already assembled 8.000 different files of consumers, wanting to participate in the class action, but from now on they can represent everyone who has not voluntarily opted out. The claim is that Volkswagen has to repay their car to all involved customers.
In June 2016 the German car group was prepared to pay 14,7 billion dollar to settle the problem in the United States but it has always refused to do the same in Europe. Here, no less than 8,5 million vehicles should be implicated, an estimated 320.000 of them in Belgium.
In a reaction Volkswagen says that it hasn’t received the decision from the Brussels Court yet. “We will investigate the decision when officially received and react accordingly, considering every jurisdictional procedure, including appeal.”
“The Court’s decision is about the rules and procedures, not about the case itself. Volkswagen is convinced that the claim of Test Aankoop/Test Achats has no legal ground”, adds VW.
No violation of EU emission regulations
The car manufacturer concludes: “There has been no violation of legal European emission regulations whatsoever. Our clients are our first priority. We make every effort to regain their confidence.”
Since Dieselgate Volkswagen has always claimed that in Europe no official regulations were violated and that a possible pay-off for all VW clients throughout the continent would endanger the future of the entire Volkswagen Group.
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