Volkswagen may have found a way out of compensating vehicle owners in the EU.
More than a year has passed since the Dieselgate scandal erupted, engulfing Volkswagen in controversy.
If the automaker had been forced to compensate European owners for their vehicles, the company would have been brought to its knees. Plants that provide wealth for Germany and the EU would have been shuttered.
The clever lawyers for Volkswagen are arguing that the emissions cheat software is actually legal in the EU. While that may seem dubious, the beleaguered automaker might just have a case.
It turns out that laws in the EU allow for software that can temporarily raise emissions drastically – provided it is intended to protect engines from harsh conditions and make engines more durable.
Volkswagen may be trying to cover its tracks, especially since a court in Spain became one of the first to rule that the company must compensate an owner for the dirty diesel. A snowball effect followed, with Spanish consumer lobbies encouraging owners to seek compensation.
Volkswagen, in the meantime, is so broke that it is cutting back on racing teams and is avoiding auto shows. They can hardly begin compensating customers in Spain.
This likely does not affect the settlements and fines that will be imposed on the automaker in the U.S.
If you have been affected by the emissions cheating scandal by owning or leasing an affected Volkswagen vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the “Strong Arm” attorneys at the law offices of John Foy & Associates. We can help get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.