Almost six years after the outbreak of the scandal Dieselgate, the consequences for the Volkswagen group are still ongoing. In particular, it is a question of compensation still to be paid and processes to be closed, in order to start again entirely, honorably, and to dedicate the future of the Wolfsburg brand and company to the new electrified course.
Also in Italy Volkswagen has been ordered to pay compensation from 200 million euros to 63,307 adhering to a class action brought by Altroconsumo. This was established by the Court of Venice, with the sentence filed yesterday that closes the first instance of a lawsuit that began four years ago. It was the largest class action brought in Europe to date. In addition to compensation, Volkswagen will be required to pay legal fees, reimbursement of expenses for technical consultancy and a sum in favor of Altroconsumo. The judges held that the existence of the manipulation software is demonstrated by the recall ordered by the KBA (German Motorization) and by the Court of the European Union, expressed with a judgment of 17 December 2020 (case C-693/18).
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“The obligation to pay applies to both Volkswagen AG (the German parent company, as manufacturer) and Volkswagen Group Italia (which placed the cars on the market). Both pecuniary damage (3,000 euros for each consumer, caused by incorrect and misleading commercial practice) and non-pecuniary damage (300 euros for non-pecuniary damage from commercial fraud) were recognized. Compensation halved for those who bought a used car involved in the dieselgate or resold it. In Italy the cars involved were 700 thousand and about 10% of the owners joined the class action. But Altroconsumo stated that it will undertake “immediately to find a way to guarantee a result in line with the sentence” even for those who did not participate. It follows that they would like to start negotiations with Volkswagen“, Writes Il Sole 24 Ore.
The Wolfsburg group announced that he will challenge the sentence: «We consider the class action brought by Altroconsumo inadmissible and the related arguments unfounded. Customers have not suffered any economic damage attributable to the issue of NOX emissions, nor has there been any loss of commercial value in the Italian market“.