Frankfurt — German consumer group VZBV filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen (VW) on Thursday over diesel emissions tests rigging, using new class-action rules which came into effect on November 1, potentially making it easier to win damages from companies. VW has already had to pay compensation over the emissions scandal in the US to car owners. But in Germany, VW was able to strike a deal with regulators to fix emissions with a software update, allowing its cars to retain their road-worthiness certification. The class-action lawsuit seeks to ascertain whether owners of cars with type EA 189 diesel engines had been intentionally harmed by the car maker’s use of engine management software designed to disguise excessive pollution levels. VW said on Thursday that the possibility of class-action suits did not change its standpoint that there was no legal basis for consumers to make claims in connection to the diesel issue in Germany. About 40,000 consumers have expressed interest in joini...

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