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Court dismisses Greenpeace-led climate case against Volkswagen


(Reuters) — A regional court in Germany has dismissed a case led by Greenpeace against Volkswagen calling on the carmaker to tighten its carbon emissions targets, the company and the climate group said in separate statements Tuesday.

The three plaintiffs — two heads of Greenpeace Germany and environmental activist Clara Mayer — argued that the carmaker was violating their fundamental freedoms via its impact on climate change.

“The last word on our climate lawsuits against Volkswagen was not spoken today,” Roland Hipp, one of the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “We are planning further legal steps and are confident that we can persuade Volkswagen to do more on climate protection by legal means.”

Volkswagen welcomed the decision, repeating its previous argument that civil lawsuits against individual companies were not the right way to determine action on climate change.

The carmaker will face another hearing Feb. 24 in Detmold, Germany, in a lawsuit by a farmer, also supported by Greenpeace, who argues that the carmaker's emissions are ruining his land and threatening his livelihood.