Volkswagen facing £30bn lawsuit over diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen facing £30bn lawsuit over diesel emissions scandal


Lining up: Top law firm Quinn Emanuel has been hired by claim funding group Bentham to prepare a case for the VW shareholders

Investors have seen more than €25bn wiped off the value of VW since the scandal emerged last month.

Quinn Emanuel and Bentham are contacting VW’s biggest shareholders to drum up support.

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The sovereign wealth funds of Qatar – which owns a 17 per cent stake in VW – and Norway are among those being targeted. Porsche holds a 50 per cent stake and the German state of Lower Saxony owns 20 per cent.

Quinn Emanuel believes the damages could be calculated from 2009 – when VW started to fit the controversial devices to its engines.

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