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Volkswagen could pay U.S. customers $5,000 each in massive dieselgate settlement

April 20th, 2016 at 7:45 PM
Volkswagen Dieselgate Scandal Settlement

After months of deliberation, it appears that a settlement has finally been reached between Volkswagen and U.S. regulators over the diesel emissions scandal that rocked the entire industry last September. According to a report from Reuters, Volkswagen will pay each affected customer $5,000 in the settlement.

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Germany’s Die Welt newspaper was the first to share the news on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources involved in the negotiations. The agreement is expected to be presented Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco on Thursday, which would allow the two sides to avoid a trial over the summer.

In March, a federal judge gave Volkswagen and the regulators until April 21st to come up with a reasonable solution. This won’t be the end of the feud, but with somewhere in the realm of 600,000 cars affected by dieselgate, this settlement will result in a $3 billion payout for Volkswagen customers.

As The Verge points out, even if a settlement is reached tomorrow, Volkswagen still has other cases to contend with, including a suit from the Federal Trade Commissions regarding the manufacturer’s “Clean Diesel” ad campaign and countless other lawsuits from around the world that have yet to be settled.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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