Volkswagen will still face a wave of lawsuits forcing the carmaker to own up to its liabilities in Europe in the aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal, according to a top U.S. lawyer.
In an interview with Handelsblatt, Michael Hausfeld, who represents VW car owners on both sides of the Atlantic with his firm Hausfeld LLP, accused the German carmaker of still failing to come clean with authorities and predicted a series of lawsuits in Germany. He wouldn’t offer a timeline, but suggested it would likely come after all U.S. negotiations are completed.
“I think that’s going to be the next battleground. I think you’re going to have many lawsuits filed in Germany,” he told Handelsblatt. “The German judiciary is going to determine whether there was unlawful conduct engaged in by Volkswagen and how to deal with the tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of claimants that were affected by that unlawful conduct.”