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>> Volkswagen's bumpy journey continues. British law firm Harkes Sinclair launching legal action against the German car maker. Arguing British drivers should be compensated for its 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Over 1.5 million cars are impacted in Britain. VW vowing to robustly defend itself in the case, reiterating it did not believe customers would lose out.
A similar case in the US bagging claimants an average of $8,000 US. Reuters' senior automotive correspondent, Edward Taylor, says a UK one could be more modest.>> So it will be more difficult to get a high level of compensation for European customers in the European Union under existing rules because Volkswagen didn't violate the European laws to the same extent as they violated American laws.
>> Also on Monday the New York Times reporting FBI officials have arrested a company executive. Oliver Schmidt facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the US. He headed the company's regulatory compliance office in the US from 2014 to March 2015. The news comes as VW was nearing a deal to resolve criminal and civil allegations over emissions.
Crucial steps to move past the scandal were admitted to fitting moment 11 million diesel vehicles with software to cheat on emission tests.>> What it means is that I think the US authorities on the final stretch of maybe reaching a settlement, showing that they are willing to play real hard ball.
And to the person that has been arrested, according to the New York Times at least, appears to be the person who deceived the regulators.>> The company declining to comment on Schmidt's reported arrest, instead saying it continues to cooperate with the Department of Justice, as it works to resolve remaining matters in the United States.