Volkswagen has submitted a legal complaint with a Munich court, looking to prevent German prosecutors from using details seized during investigation of the law firm it employed to investigate its emissions scandal.
The decision follows a conference of VW’s supervisory board on Tuesday, when authorities talked about the legal recourse the automaker needs to avoid prosecutors from maintaining and assessing the seized product, 2 sources knowledgeable about the informed Reuters on Wednesday.
Few members of automaker’s 20-strong supervisory board had misgivings about objecting the prosecutors’ actions due to the fact that they fear this might undermine the automaker’s promise to cooperate with authorities in clearing up the scandal, among the sources said.
Volkswagen remains the world’s largest automaker, it would not specify exactly when the complaint was lodged and provided no more information about its argument.
A representative for Munich prosecutors confirmed that Volkswagen’s problem has been received. The local and district courts of Munich are not likely to take a decision on the complaint anytime soon, a legal source informed Reuters, permitting prosecutors to carry on investigating their case.
Volkswagen had condemned the investigation of workplaces of U.S. law firm Jones Day on March 15 and said it would take every legal action to protect itself.