The court of Venice concludes the Altroconsumo class action by providing for a liquidation of 3,300 euros plus interest, 50% to those who bought the used car or resold it
A ruling that closes a historical phase already abundantly stigmatized by the same group from Wolfsburg, which requested and obtained compensation for damages of 11.2 million euros from its former number one Martin Winterkorn. Also in Italy, therefore, Volkswagen will have to compensate consumers for the Dieselgate, or the scandal that broke out in 2015 and deriving from the discovery of a software capable of artificially circumventing the emission limits of some diesel engines. The judgment of the Court of Venice relates to the class action initiated in 2017 by Altroconsumo in Italy together with the consumer organizations Test-Achats in Belgium, Ocu in Spain and Deco Proteste in Portugal, united in the Euroconsumers network. According to the consumer association Altroconsumo, the German car manufacturer “will have to compensate a total of 63,037 consumers who have joined the action for pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage, paid in 3,300 euros plus interest accrued over the years, or 50% to those who bought used cars or resold them between 8/2009 and 9/2015 “.
The total sum exceeds 200 million, but it is useful to remember that, as summarized by the Reuters agency, the Dieselgate has already cost Volkswagen over 32 billion euros in compensation, fines and legal expenses so far. “After the American, German and Spanish consumers, and after 5 years of waiting, the time has finally come for the Italians to obtain justice” underlines Federico Cavallo, Head of Public Affairs at Altroconsumo. “We must not forget the more than half a million people who did not take part in the class action, but who are in similar objective conditions, towards which we will immediately commit ourselves to find a way to guarantee for them a result in line with the ruling “.
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