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Report: Czech Court Orders VW to Pay Diesel Compensation

A Czech Court says Volkswagen AG must pay compensation to customers whose diesel engines were rigged to evade emission laws, according to news website Seznam.
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A Czech Court says Volkswagen AG must pay compensation to customers whose diesel engines were rigged to evade emission laws, according to news website Seznam.

The report says a district court in Prague ruled that VW should disburse $23 million in compensation to owners of the carmaker’s Skoda and VW brand vehicles. Reuters cautions that it wasn’t immediately able to confirm the report with the court, Skoda, VW or the plaintiffs.

Seznam says the ruling stems from a complaint filed by more than 2,400 owners in the wake of VW’s diesel emission cheating scandal. VW admitted in 2015 that it had doctored some 11 million diesels to sidestep pollution tests.

The decision would mark the first in Europe that forces VW to pay customers direct compensation for selling them doctored engines. Similar group lawsuits are being pursued in Germany and the U.K.

VW has paid out some €27 billion ($30 billion) in fines, owner compensation and environmental restitution, almost all of it in the U.S.

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