The company’s stance for non-US customers has always been that it would not be offering compensation, due to different laws in the two areas.
It will maintain this stance and has penned the cases as exceptions due to the low values of the implicated cars, and does not expect it to be the start of a domino-effect of buybacks across Europe, reports Reuters.
The consumers’ winning cases in Arnsberg and Bayreuth, in west and south-east Germany respectively, were represented by the Düsseldorf law firm Rogert & Ulbrich.
Two consumer groups (from the UK and the Netherlands respectively) that are calling for compensation for Volkswagen owners recently united, forming one group of 140,000 owners. Although these are unrelated, the German case is likely to spur remaining consumer groups’ actions against Volkswagen.