Germany’s Federal Court ruled against car manufacturer Volkswagen in a civil disputs on Monday.
The case concerned the buyer of a second hand minivan fitted with emission cheating software. It was found that the software artificially lowered the emissions of Nitrogen Oxide, increasing the risk of harmful pollutants when used by customers. The court ordered compensation of €28,257.74 to be paid to around 60,000 Volkswagen owners.
The federal court decision follows customer complaints from 2015, with the High Court judgment in 2019 ruling Volkswagen unlawfully sold defective software. The judgment will set a benchmark for cases against the company in Germany. Volkswagen, in a statement on Monday confirmed: “For the majority of the 60,000 pending cases, this ruling provides clarity as to how the [Federal Court of Justice] assesses essential question in German diesel proceedings.”