Class-action suit looms over VW in Austria

VW is trying to get out of the Dieselgate spiral. Source: DPA

Dieselgate has already cost Volkswagen $30 billion. But now, the scandal over manipulated diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests could get pricey for VW close to home.

In Austria, a potential class action suit is looming over the world’s largest carmaker. The Austrian Consumer Protection Association (VKI) demands damages for diesel buyers for alleged fraud.

Austria’s right-wing Minister of Social Affairs Beate Hartinger-Klein and Austrian Chamber of Labor President Rudolf Kaske have given a mandate to VKI for the lawsuits against Volkswagen. “Since VW persistently refuses to offer compensation to customers in Austria out of court, we are following this path,” Ms. Hartinger-Klein said.

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