Negotiations to settle compensation for hundreds of thousands of diesel customers have failed, Volkswagen said.
As the group announced, the amount of the fee claims of the lawyers of the Federal Association of Consumer Centers (vzbv) should be the reason. The Funke media group had previously reported on this.
The vzbv represents numerous diesel drivers in the proceedings for the model declaratory action, who demand compensation for their vehicles with excessive emissions. The vzbv boss Klaus Müller wants to comment on the settlement negotiations with VW at noon (2 p.m.).
According to VW, there had actually already been an agreement. According to this, a comparison sum was “achieved in the order of a total of 830 million euros”, as it was said. “This fair solution for customers only failed because the process lawyers at vzbv insisted until the end on a lump sum payment of EUR 50 million for the settlement.” The vzbv did not initially comment, but wanted to give its assessments of the development at a press conference in the afternoon.
The car company explained that there was no “sufficiently concrete evidence” of which services the vzbv lawyers should be billed with the requested amount. “However, a payment without a sufficiently concrete proof of performance or without a legal reason is impossible for Volkswagen.” One regrets this and further steps are now being discussed by the board.
At the beginning of January, VW and vzbv had declared that they wanted to talk about an out-of-court settlement to the model process. Both sides called the “common goal of a pragmatic solution in the interests of the customers”. VW had long been skeptical about this.