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June 23, 2017

VW to buy back European diesels in specific cases

Volkswagen has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation, a media report said.

Volkswagen has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation, a media report said.

Consumer agencies across Europe have been pushing for compensation for Volkswagen (VW) drivers who bought diesel cars on the strength of their green credentials, Reuters noted.

Despite VW's admission of wrongdoing in the United States, it said it had not broken the law in Europe and saw no need to compensate European consumers. The carmaker had committed to fixing all affected vehicles by autumn.

But first-instance rulings by the regional courts of Arnsberg and Bayreuth published in May which upheld plaintiffs' calls for compensation have now become legally binding after VW decided to waive an appeal, the plaintiffs' lawyers at Duesseldorf-based law firm Rogert & Ulbrich told Reuters by email.

"In future the injured parties may have justified hope that they will be able to enforce their claims in only one instance," lawyer Marco Rogert said.

VW played down the significance of the ruling, saying its decision to forego an appeal was an exception and stemmed from the low value of the vehicles in question.

The carmaker did not expect the two rulings to have any bearing on other ongoing cases and, if necessary, would use its right to appeal unjustified customer complaints in future, it said in comments emailed to Reuters.

The law firm said VW decided not to appeal three compensation court cases including a verdict published in April by a regional court in Wuppertal, whereas VW said its course of action only affected the two cases at Arnsberg and Bayreuth.

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