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Volkswagen Update – Judge Breyer Reports Substantial Progress on Dieselgate Talks

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This morning Judge Breyer updated the status of settlement negotiations between VW, the federal government and consumers:

  • Special Master Mueller has been “instrumental” in these negotiations. Judge Breyer praised all attorneys for their cooperation.
  • On April 21 an “Agreement in Principal” was reached.
  • Court has set June 21 as deadline for Consent Decrees (settlements) to be filed by the U.S., FTC and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. “Substantial progress” has been made toward finalizing these agreements.
  • The parties have devotedĀ “extensive daily efforts” to effectuate the agreements and are “on track to meet the June 21 deadline.”
  • Once the June 21 agreements are published, the public and class members (car owners) will have an opportunity to review same on the Court’s web site and provide comment.
  • The objectives for the consent decrees are threefold:
    • VW must buy back or terminate leases of affected 2 liter vehicles or offer a fix.
    • VW must pay “substantial compensation” above the cost of the fix / buy back, to each owner / lessee.
    • VW must contribute to a fund for environmental remediation and otherwise pay for other “green” initiatives.

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