After a months-long process, U.S. Judge Charles Breyer on Tuesday will hear the final testimony from hundreds of U.S. diesel owners who have sued Volkswagen for making false claims about the emissions values of their cars.
Based on Tuesday’s testimony, Mr. Breyer will decide whether the $10 billion (€9.1 billion) that VW has offered some 500,000 U.S. diesel owners is appropriate compensation for their troubles.
Last September, Volkswagen admitted to installing software in 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to cheat emissions tests. The settlement in the United States would cover 2.0-liter TDI diesel vehicles which have the cheat software installed.
Even if Mr. Breyer approves the $10 billion deal as expected, the automaker’s legal quagmire in the United States is far from over. Missouri has now joined 16 other U.S. states in suing Volkswagen for violating their local environmental laws.