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Dutch court awards compensation to owners affected by dieselgate

A Dutch court said on Wednesday the owners of vehicles made by Volkswagen with defeat devices for rigging emissions tests were entitled to compensation.

The district court in Amsterdam said 3,000 euros ($3,537) of compensation was warranted for owners of a new Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, and Skoda that had the software in question, while owners of a second-hand car should get 1,500 euros ($1,768).

The compensation, which can still be appealed by Volkswagen, covers around 150,000 cars sold by dealers targeted in the class action suit, according to the court.

Volkswagen emissions scandal has cost the automaker more than 32 billion euros in fines, repairing, and legal costs to this day.

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