Volkswagen Enlists Kenneth Feinberg to Oversee Dieselgate Fund

By Paul Riegler on 17 December 2015
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VW CEO Michael Horn issuing an apology for Dieselgate at a media event in September

VW CEO Michael Horn issuing an apology for Dieselgate at a media event in September

Volkswagen announced it has engaged Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer specializing in compensation funds, to create and administer an independent claims resolution program that will compensate VW owners for vehicles affected by the automaker’s use of deceptive emissions test cheating software.

Feinberg is known for his work in numerous cases including the General Motors ignition defect, the BP gulf oil spill, and claims relating to 9/11.

Michael Horn, who heads the automaker’s U.S. operations, said he was pleased to announce Mr. Feinberg’s appointment.

“His extensive experience in handling such complex matters will help to guide us as we move forward to make things right with our customers,” said Horn in a statement.

The lawyer will immediately “commence work immediately designing an independent claims process that will meet claimants’ needs,” Volkswagen said, adding that it believes the process will be “independent, fair and swift.”

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