A German court has cleared the way for 170 investors to pursue Volkswagen with legal action over the emissions scandal.
According to the Financial Times, a regional court near VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg said the companies are using a legal procedure similar to a class-action lawsuit seen in the US to pursue VW for almost €4 billion (£3.4bn) “for losses suffered” relating to the emissions scandal.
The court will appoint a single plaintiff to represent the 170 investors before the end of 2016.
In the US, Volkswagen Group has made goodwill payments to customers of up to $1,000 (£680) each, but has not been legally ordered to do so.
The package of benefits for US customers even has its own dedicated website. It includes a prepaid loyalty card, a prepaid card valid for use against purchases in the dealership such as servicing and roadside assistance.
Volkswagen Group UK has said that a loss for vehicles owners has to be proved in order for it to offer some sort of compensation.