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Justice. More than 2,800 customers have sued Mercedes-Benz

More than 2,800 customers have sued Mercedes-Benz

Consumer advocates accuse Mercedes-Benz of deliberately manipulating emissions levels. Photo: Sebastian Golnow/dpa

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Did the automaker deliberately manipulate the emissions? The highest district court in Stuttgart will deal with this accusation of consumer protection groups next week.

As of the end of June, 2,804 Mercedes customers had joined the model declaration campaign filed by consumer protection groups in connection with the diesel scandal. This was reported by the representative of the Federal Office of Justice at the request of the German press agency. The first oral hearing will take place on Tuesday (July 12) at the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart.

Consumer advocates generally accuse the automaker of deliberately manipulating emissions values ​​and want to seek damages for affected customers. The group finds the allegations in the diesel launch lawsuits unfounded, a spokeswoman said in a request. This also applies to the sample declarative action.

This was presented last year by the Federation of Consumer Organizations (vzbv). It’s a kind of one-size-fits-all lawsuit, with the association suing on behalf of the car owners, with less effort and risk for the individual. If customers were given the right to a refund, they would have to do so.

Consumer advocates already filed a similar lawsuit against Volkswagen in 2018. At the beginning of 2020, a settlement was agreed, which accepted about 245,000 customers.


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