About 2 million diesel car owners in Germany could join class action lawsuits to seek compensation from Volkswagen.
The German cabinet approved a draft law this week on Wednesday that paves the way for class action against Volkswagen, which in 2015 admitted it had used illegal software to cheat U.S. diesel emissions tests.
The draft law aims to make it easier for people to join a legal test case, thereby avoiding high costs that might otherwise put them off bringing legal action. Only certain associations are entitled to bring proceedings.
Owners of cars with illegal software are allowed to claim damages only until the end of 2018 so Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government wants to ensure the law takes effect on Nov. 1 this year at the latest. Volkswagen said the draft law didn’t change the fact that it believes the claims against it in Germany are unjustified, and that it expects the vast majority of them to be rejected.