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(Reuters) — Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it would appeal a decision by an Italian court ordering the German group to refund consumers participating in a class-action lawsuit over the carmaker’s rigging of diesel emissions tests.
Italian consumer group Altroconsumo said a court ordered Volkswagen to pay 3,300 euros ($3,900), plus interest, to each of the more than 63,000 consumers who joined the class action, for a total amount of over 200 million euros ($236 million).
Altroconsumo said Volkswagen was found liable for an unfair commercial practice after installing banned software on EA189 engines in order to lower NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions during tests.
A spokesperson for Volkswagen said the German automaker considered Altroconsumo’s class action inadmissible and that its allegations were without merit.
“Volkswagen will seek to have the judgment overturned by the second instance court in Venice,” the spokesperson told Reuters in an emailed statement.
“Class members have not suffered any economic loss because of the NOx issue since all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy, and no loss in their trade value resulted in the Italian market because of the NOx issue,” the person added.
Altroconsumo started legal action against Volkswagen in 2017, together with its sister organizations in Belgium (Test Aankoop/Test Achats), Spain (OCU) and Portugal (Deco), as part of a Euroconsumers coordinated class action.
German prosecutors have charged 15 Volkswagen AG executives and a supplier in the diesel emission scandal, Automotive News reported citing Reuters. The suspects are accused of aiding and abetting fraud in addition to tax evasion, criminal advertising, and indirect false certification related to the defeat devices that were installed in millions of Volkswagen vehicles to cheat diesel engine tests.