Australia: Volkswagen Sued Over Alleged Emissions Fraud

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The Australian consumer watchdog has stated that it sued the Australian arm of automaker Volkswagen AG for purposefully selling over 57,000 vehicles with software which lied about levels of toxic emissions. “These allegations include remarkable conduct of a major and intentional nature by a global corporation,” Australian Competition and Customer Commission Chairman Rod Sims said in a declaration.

The Federal Court action contributes to exactly what is already showing to be expensive legal fallout for the German business as it deals with class action claims in Australia and worldwide over emissions scams, in addition to charges from antitrust authorities.

Already in Australia, law practice Maurice Blackburn is looking for more than A$ 100 million ($75 million) from Volkswagen, including the complete replacement expense of some 90,0000 cars, while the automobile giant has actually consented to pay its 650 U.S. dealers $1.2 billion in payment. In Australia, the ACCC said it desired the company to make public statements of misbehavior, pay undefined punitive damages and problem corrective advertising in relation to its actions over five years.

“Volkswagen engaged in multiple breaches of the Australian customer law by hiding software application in their cars to cheat emissions checking and misinforming consumers about the vehicles’ compliance,” Sims said. “Consumers appropriately expect that their automobile’s emissions would operate as advertised during their everyday usage and we allege that this was not the case.” A Volkswagen agent was not instantly available for comment.

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