Dieselgate: VW Faces First Customer Lawsuit, $16.7-Million

by under News on 07 Feb 2017 01:25:18 PM07 Feb 2017

German fish distributorship “deeply disappointed.”

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Following Volkswagen’s admission to using software to cheat US emissions regulations, a German fleet customer is now taking the manufacturer to task as they file a lawsuit against Volkswagen for making false claims about its cars.

Fish distribution company Deutsche See is taking legal action against Volkswagen after their attempts to have the matter settled out of court failed to reach an outcome. German publication Bild claims that the court case will be seeking €11.9-million (or $16.7-million) in compensation. This will be the first customer-led lawsuit in the Dieselgate scandal.

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Deutsche See’s managing director Egbert Miebach said, "We are deeply disappointed with VW and feel we have been deceived, as the jointly envisaged partnership in the area of environmentally friendly mobility was only adhered to by our side.” He continued to say that “corresponding conversations to change this were blocked by VW,” and said that the suit filed on the 3rd of February was in like with Deutsche See’s commitment “to sustainability in all areas of the company.”

Thus far, the financial toll on Volkswagen as a result of Dieselgate stands at roughly $28.6-billion.

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