- Final approval of U.S. restitution now expected Oct. 25
- Next court date for Canadian class-action suit Dec. 19-20
- Question of repairing vehicles over compensation remains unanswered
Volkswagen owners in Canada affected by the diesel emissions cheating scandal won’t know until at least late December what compensation they will receive.
Owners on both sides of the Canada/United States border still must wait to hear about compensation, after an American judge expected to hand down a final decision on Oct. 18 instead said he is “strongly inclined” to accept the settlement, but wants more time to consider objections from owners.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer presided over the hearing. The proposed settlement would require Volkswagen to spend US$14.7 billion to repair or buy back the affected vehicles, as well as pay compensation to owners and for environmental damage, and invest in so-called “green” technology.
On hearing opposition from some Volkswagen owners, who said the compensation was insufficient, Breyer said he will consider possible changes to the settlement. Final approval is now expected on October 25, 2016. The motion for preliminary approval was initially granted July 26, 2016.
Superior Courts in Ontario and Quebec hearing a Canadian class-action suit had also scheduled October 18 for an update on the status of discussion, in anticipation of final approval by the U.S. court.