Volkswagen’s $75m fine over diesel emissions scandal rejected by judge

The Guardian | Oct 16, 2019 at 9:12 AM
  • A $75m fine negotiated between Volkswagen and the consumer watchdog over the diesel emissions scandal could be increased by the federal court, after a judge reportedly rejected the deal as “outrageous”.
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the German car company presented the negotiated penalty along with a statement of agreed facts to the federal court in Sydney on Wednesday.
  • The ACCC has been pursuing Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft (VWAG) and its Australian subsidiary Volkswagen Group Australia through the courts since 2016 over “false or misleading conduct” involving the use of software which prompted diesel vehicles to produce lower-emissions fuels under test conditions.