Legal

Lawyers leading fatal-defect case against GM must go, rival says

8:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The lead attorneys in a sprawling group of lawsuits against General Motors over defective ignition switches failed and should be removed, a rival lawyer who helped reveal the deadly flaw urged in a blistering court filing....
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VW labor leader rejects efficiency drive at core brand

Jan. 25, 2016 10:36 CET

VW labor leader Bernd Osterloh has rejected a push by management for a big rise in productivity at the automaker's core brand and said planned structural changes were causing "unease" among workers, a report said....
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VW given deadline to come clean by No. 2 shareholder

Jan. 25, 2016 16:39 CET

Volkswagen Group has been given three months by the prime minister of Lower Saxony, the carmaker's second-biggest shareholder, to provide a full account of the roots of its diesel-emissions cheating scandal....
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VW CEO calls for new emissions tests

Jan. 25, 2016 22:44 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller called for emissions tests in Europe to be reworked to close the gap between laboratory and real-world results, an issue brought to public attention by the German car manufacturer's cheating scandal....
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VW probe shows many bosses knew of 'defeat devices' as far back as 2006, report says

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Many of VW's managers and staff dealing with emissions problems in the engine-development department knew about "defeat devices" being developed as far back as 2006, a German newspaper said today, citing results from VW's internal investigation....
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First GM ignition-switch lawsuit is dismissed amid perjury allegations

9:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

The Oklahoma mail carrier at the center of the first trial over General Motors' deadly ignition-switch defect is dropping his claims after being accused of lying to the court....
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VW criticized by Germany for unequal treatment of customers

7:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

VW is not doing itself any favors by offering unequal compensation for U.S. and European customers following an emissions scandal last year, a German justice ministry spokesman said today....
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VW refuses to offer emissions scandal compensation in Europe

Jan. 21, 2016 18:09 CET

Volkswagen said there were no grounds to replicate in Europe a compensation program it plans for U.S. drivers affected by its diesel emissions scandal, rejecting a demand from the European Union's industry commissioner....
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GM allowed to tell ignition-switch jury about plaintiff's 'lies'

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

GM got a boost in the first trial over a deadly ignition-switch defect as a judge slammed plaintiffs' lawyers for failing to vet their client, an Oklahoma mail carrier accused by the carmaker of lying to the court. Judge Jesse Furman said GM could show a jury evidence which he said would probably be “devastating” to the plaintiff....
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VW overhauls development process to prevent another diesel scandal

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Volkswagen AG is changing the way it creates new models by giving developers more responsibility for overseeing a car from concept through the end of production to help prevent another diesel emissions scandal....
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VW should compensate European customers with rigged diesels, EU commissioner says

Jan. 20, 2016 09:04 CET

EU Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska is calling on VW to compensate European customers hit by the company's emissions scandal in the same way as U.S. customers. Bienkowska is also demanding more information on the company's recall action....
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VW board stands by CEO Mueller after U.S. trip missteps

Jan. 19, 2016 20:18 CET

Volkswagen's supervisory board stood by CEO Matthias Mueller even after he sparked a media firestorm in the U.S. last week that complicated efforts to clear up the company's diesel-emissions scandal....
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Tesla sues German supplier over Model X falcon doors

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Tesla Motors sued a German parts supplier for misrepresenting its ability to design and build the signature falcon-wing doors on its long-delayed Model X crossover....
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VW's South Korea chief faces criminal case over emissions recall

Jan. 19, 2016 10:55 CET

South Korea plans to file a criminal complaint against the country's Volkswagen and Audi chief. It says a recall plan for emissions-cheating cars fell short of legal requirements....
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VW will hire ex-FBI chief Freeh for U.S. role, report says

Jan. 19, 2016 09:36 CET

Volkswagen plans to hire Louis Freeh, a former FBI chief, to help the automaker deal with authorities in the U.S. investigating its emissions scandal, a German newspaper said. Freeh had a similar role at Daimler....
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LAWSUIT HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD

Fiat Chrysler's alleged cheating shocks investors, not dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

When two dealerships owned by a Chicago-area group last week accused Fiat Chrysler of falsifying sales reports, it did two things: Cratered FCA's share price and launched yet another discourse about industry integrity....
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Shareholders plan to sue VW in Germany over emissions scandal

Jan. 18, 2016 14:10 CET

Dozens of large shareholders in Volkswagen plan to sue the automaker in a German court, seeking compensation for the plunge in its shares due to its emissions test cheating scandal....
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Renault faces criticism over late disclosure of raids

Jan. 18, 2016 14:25 CET

Renault is facing criticism over the length of time it took to reveal that French investigators had raided the automaker on Jan. 7 in relation to rigged emissions testing. The raids remained a secret for nearly a week until a trade union mentioned the news almost as an afterthought in a leaflet about jobs....
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EDITORIAL

VW must do better than this to fix scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

The responsibility to get Volkswagen square with U.S. regulators rests on the shoulders of new CEO Matthias Mueller. But he has been slow to respond to regulators in Washington and California. And last week, things got worse....
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Audi unhurt, undaunted by diesel crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Armed with fresh product in critical luxury segments, Audi is readying itself for another market-beating year, even as parent company Volkswagen trudges through its diesel crisis....
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Porsche, Piech families support embattled VW CEO, report says

8:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

The Porsche-Piech family, which controls a majority of the voting rights in Volkswagen, are standing behind CEO Matthias Mueller, insiders say, despite criticism of his handling of the emissions crisis during a U.S. visit....
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GUEST COMMENTARY

Renault raid exposes EU's flawed plan on clean diesel

Jan. 15, 2016 14:50 CET

The raid on Renault premises over emissions tests highlights Europe's flawed emissions-testing system. Largely at the behest of Germany, the European regulators are moving to severely water down tighter emissions limits....
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FCA calls dealer charges of false U.S. sales reports 'baseless'

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

FCA fired back at what it called underperforming and “disgruntled dealers” who have accused the company of falsely reporting U.S. sales in a federal racketeering suit. The automaker said the two dealers have failed to substantiate and provide evidence supporting the claims -- even before the suit was filed....
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Daimler's Zetsche criticizes VW over emissions scandal

Jan. 14, 2016 16:37 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said an emissions scandal like the one engulfing Volkswagen would not be possible at his company. His remarks were an unusual dig at another carmaker....
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Italy consumer group to appeal after VW CO2 class action rejected

Jan. 14, 2016 06:01 CET

Italian consumer group Altroconsumo will launch an appeal after a court rejected its class action case against Volkswagen in which it accused the carmaker of understating the level of CO2 emissions in one of its Golf models....
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