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VW faces new legal headaches in U.S., UK

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:22

British law firm Harcus Sinclair UK said Monday it was launching legal action in Britain against German carmaker Volkswagen, seeking compensation for British drivers affected by the diesel emissions scandal. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Volkswagen's bumpy journey continues. British law firm Harcus Sinclair launching legal action against the German carmaker. Arguing British drivers should be compensated for its 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Over 1.5 million cars are impacted in Britain. VW is already involved in lawsuits in several countries. A similar case in the US bagging claimants an average of eight-thousand US dollars. The UK total expected to be more modest. Also on Monday (January 9), The New York Times reporting FBI officials have arrested a company executive. Oliver Schmidt reportedly facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. He headed the company's regulatory compliance office in the U.S from 2014 to March 2015. The news coming as VW was nearing a deal to resolve criminal and civil allegations over emissions. Crucial steps to move past the scandal where it admitted to fitting more than 11 million diesel vehicles with software to cheat on emissions tests. The company declining to comment on Schmidt's reported arrest. Instead saying it continues to cooperate with the Department of Justice as it works to resolve remaining matters in the United States.

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VW faces new legal headaches in U.S., UK

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:22