Courts award damages to VW owners due to sham software

Courts in Haarlem and Groningen have recently ruled that owners of Volkswagen vehicles are entitled to damages for the use of tampering software, supporting proceedings against carmakers such as Renault, Peugeot, Opel and Citroën. The European Court has previously ruled that breaches of emissions rules entitle owners directly to damages, increasing the likelihood of successful outcomes in these cases.
February 24, 2023

Recently, the court in Haarlem ruled that an owner of a Volkswagen Golf TDI was entitled to compensation of €3,000 due to the use of tampering software in the vehicle. A similar ruling was made in Groningen, in which Volkswagen was ordered to pay damages to an owner of a Volkswagen Polo.

These rulings provide important support for our proceedings, as they confirm that car manufacturers are liable for deliberate violation of emissions rules and are obliged to pay damages to owners of diesel vehicles.

Earlier, the European Court ruled that the use of software that limits the effectiveness of emission cleaning systems is prohibited. Recently, the European Court also ruled that violations of these rules entitle car owners directly to damages from the car manufacturer. This increases the chances of a successful outcome of proceedings against car manufacturers such as Renault, Peugeot, Opel or Citroën.

We will keep you informed of further developments in the case. In this context, we would like to remind you that the court has given Renault the opportunity to respond to the judgment handed down in early February. The deadline for Renault's response has been set at 26 April 2023. Once we have received and studied Renault's response, we will of course inform you further.

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