German court rules Volkswagen car owners entitled to damages in emissions scandal

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FILE PHOTO: A cartoon of a VW logo squashing the coronavirus is displayed on a building at Volkswagen’s headquarters to celebrate the plant’s re-opening during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wolfsburg, Germany April 25, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) – A German federal court judge ruled on Monday that Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has to pay compensation to motorists who purchased vehicles with manipulated diesel engines, a major blow for the carmaker in its home market as it continues to reel from the emissions scandal.

Germany’s highest court for civil disputes ruled that those who purchased the vehicles in question are entitled in principle to receive damages.

Reporting by Ursula Knapp; Writing by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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