Issued on: 25/05/2020 – 04:48
Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on regulatory emissions tests involving millions of cars, Germany's top court will on Monday finally rule in a battle over compensation for tens of thousands of affected owners.
In an early May hearing, judges at the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) said there was a chance for at least partial compensation for some VW buyers, saying they had indeed been harmed by purchasing a manipulated vehicle.
If their colleagues at the Federal Constitutional Court (BVG) agree in a ruling issued from 0900 GMT, tens of thousands of cases demanding financial compensation could be brought to a close in the coming months.
Such a ruling would be the first major legal setback for VW in its home country, although the scandal has helped drag the entire car sector — one of Germany's most vital — into a historic crisis.
In recent weeks, an out-of-court settlement covering hund..