German lawyers advise against Dieselgate class action suit

(EurActiv, 7 Jun 2019) Two of Germany’s largest consumer protection groups have launched a class action lawsuit against the VW Group over Dieselgate. With proceedings set to start in September, some lawyers have warned plaintiffs of the risks they run by pursuing the case. EURACTIV Germany reports.

The first oral hearing before the Braunschweig Higher Regional Court in the class action lawsuit against Volkswagen is scheduled to take place on 30 September. However, lawyers are now advising plaintiffs to withdraw from the ongoing lawsuit.

More than 400,000 owners of exhaust-gas manipulated Volkswagens, Audis, Seats and Skodas, all of which belong to the Volkswagen Group, have joined the first nationwide class action lawsuit.

This was made possible because of the introduction in November 2018 of the so-called “Musterfestellungsklage”, which translates into Model Declaratory Proceedings.

This new procedure enables collective actions against car manufacturers, where previously compensation had to be sought on an individual basis. It allows people to be heard in court, who might otherwise have been afraid to do so due to financial concerns.

The complaint was organised by Germany’s largest automobile club, ADAC, and the Federation of German Consumer Organisations.

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