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German consumer group files suit in VW diesel scandal

German consumer group files suit in VW diesel scandal
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A giant logo of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen is pictured on top of a company s factory building in Wolfsburg, Germany on Sept. 26, 2015 . (AP / Michael Sohn)

Published Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:35AM EDT

BERLIN - A German consumer group has filed a suit against Volkswagen that aims to establish a right to compensation for car owners affected by the automaker s diesel emissions scandal.

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations filed the case to a court in Braunschweig under new rules that came into force Thursday allowing a form of class-action suit. The new system was prompted in part by the Volkswagen scandal.

A top official with the consumer federation, Klaus Mueller, said that "Volkswagen cheated and owes the affected consumers compensation. We now want to establish that in court." The court must examine the suit before individual consumers can join it.

The scandal over Volkswagen s use of software to turn emissions controls off when vehicles were not being tested erupted in 2015.
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