Volkswagen's Emissions Scandal Refuses To Die Down — Broke Laws In 20 Countries

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Volkswagen's emissions scandal still continues to batter the German carmaker a year after it was exposed to the world.

According to a report in the German daily newspaper Die Welt, found that VW had broken consumer laws in 20 European Union (EU) countries by cheating on emissions tests.

Two of the major laws broken by VW were the Consumer Sales and Guarantees Directive (prohibits companies from making exaggerated environmental claims in sales pitches) and the Unfair Commercial Practises Directive, both of which apply across the entire EU.

The EC report has increased the pressure on Volkswagen to compensate affected owners in the European Union in a similar way to the compensation offered to customers in the United States. Volkswagen has agreed to pay more than $15.3 billion in a settlement agreed with US regulators.

European officials, consumer groups and plaintiffs' attorneys say Volkswagen should pay compensation to regain customer trust.

Volkswagen lost $6.6 billion last year after admitting the diesel emissions scandal was exposed to the world by testing in the United States. Nearly 11 million cars worldwide have been affected by the scandal and the Volkswagen Group put aside $25 billion to deal with the global recall program.

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