Volkswagen will pay $2.8 billion in the case of “diesel scandal”

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The U.S. court ruled against Volkswagen’s $2.8 billion in the case concerning VW scandal with understating of indicators of harmful emissions into the atmosphere

U.S. district judge Sean Cox ruled that Volkswagen with $2.8 billion for the establishment on vehicles with diesel engines the device Senigallia indications of harmful emissions, AP reports.

“Who could be harmed by such greed on the part of the Corporation? As I understand it, it’s not a VW managers with huge salaries and large bonuses. Always suffering little man,” said the judge.

The lawyer of the group, Jason Weinstein said that the penalty is reasonable and severe punishment.

The case concerned about 600 thousand diesel vehicles in the US, software which had been disconnected from monitoring emissions on the road and included it during inspections.

Volkswagen will also have to pay the sum of $1.5 billion in a civil lawsuit filed by state authorities of the United States. In addition, the company has allocated $11 billion for the purchase of cars with defects and the payment of compensation to the owners.

The investigation against Volkswagen was conducted by the U.S. authorities in 2014, when the software issue in diesel cars drew the attention of the Agency for the protection of the environment. The investigation revealed that the underestimated indicators of harmful emissions. The manufacturer recognized that the appropriate software is installed in 11 million vehicles worldwide. VW also offered to pay each owner a thousand dollars (half of this amount could be spent only at VW dealerships).