German consumer starts class action against VW for dieselgate
German consumer organization, Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZBV), has started a class action against Volkswagen for the emissions-cheating software scandal, the so-called dieselgate. VZBV submits a claim for compensation. It did it on the very first day it was allowed to do so by the new German law.
The complaint is a first step in the direction of a ‘Musterfeststellungsklage’, a ‘monster’ class action, against the car manufacturer. A spokesperson of the court in the North German city of Braunschweig has confirmed that the documents for the case were submitted on Thursday morning.
The case concerns cars of the different Volkswagen brands, like Audi, Skoda and Seat, equipped with the contested EA189 diesel engine. VZBV says it files a complaint against VW in the name of thousands of victims, who’ve seen the value of their car going down, and who will soon be banned from cities with stricter emission standards.
It’s no coincidence, though, that the complaint was filed on the 1st of November, since it’s the first day of a new law, making it possible to press charges against the car concern. If the complaint is susceptible, owners of the involved cars can report themselves to the consumer organization to join the mass claim.
According to German Justice Minister Katarina Barley for the Volkswagen brand alone over two million clients could take advantage of the class action is the car maker is convicted.
The dieselgate scandal has costed the Volkswagen Group has already 28 billion euro for cheating software in 11 million cars. In the US Volkswagen was forced not only to pay back have a million of customers, but also pay them a 10.000 dollar compensation. In Germany Volkswagen didn’t pay any compensation yet.