Tuesday 27 September 2016

The first European Volkswagen emissions court order was granted in Mayo

Published 26/07/2016 | 09:03

Volkswagen has so far rejected calls to compensate clients in Europe
Volkswagen has so far rejected calls to compensate clients in Europe

Europe's case against Volkswagen over the now notorious emissions scandal began in Mayo before anywhere else.

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Ballyhaunis-based O'Dwyer Solicitors became the first company in Europe to have its case relating to the Volkswagen scandal heard.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner, O'Dwyer Solicitors represents hundreds of claimants against the German car giant.

Volkswagen became embroiled in a major emissions scandal last year after it installed hardware in its cars to trick testers into thinking it was producing less emissions that it actually was.

In June O'Dwyer was given the green light for the first court order for discovery by Judge Mary Devin of Castlebar District Court.

The court order requires the German manufacturer to supply technical information that relates to scandal within a six-week period.

Around 9,000 car owners in Ireland are understood to be affected by the scandal, which also affects Skoda, Audi and Seat.

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