After Diesel scandal: EU plans the introduction of class actions

consumers in the EU can enforce your rights better in the future against large Companies. Negotiators of the European Parliament and the EU member States agreed

After Diesel scandal: EU plans the introduction of class actions

consumers in the EU can enforce your rights better in the future against large Companies. Negotiators of the European Parliament and the EU member States agreed late on Monday night, on the EU-wide introduction of class actions.

"After a long and hard fight against the Attempts of the industry to water down the proposal, consumers can be organizations in the future in court against unfair dealer practices," said the SPD MEP Evelyne Gebhardt. "So consumers are in Europe can assert simple claims for damages, price reduction or replacement."

The French Christian Democrat and leader of the negotiations of the Parliament, Geoffroy Didier, stressed that it had succeeded in creating a balance between consumer protection and legal security for companies. EU justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, welcomed the agreement.

in response to Diesel-fraud

The EU Commission had proposed 2018 in the Wake of the VW exhaust scandal to manipulated shut-Off devices of vehicles, to allow Europe-wide collective actions. The EU States must implement the new rules within two years, into national law. In Germany, there are with the pattern for a declaratory judgment, a possibility for collective actions. Qualified consumer organisations may argue in front of a special Senate for the interests of consumers. This need to put your data in a complaint register, in order to benefit from the outcome of the litigation. The so far most prominent case, the pattern of action by the consumer Central Federal Association (Vzbv) against Volkswagen, which nearly more than 460,000 Diesel-driver connected was. Customers who had not purchased their car in Germany, remained outside.

in the Future, consumers of their Rights in other EU States may be able to enforce. Qualified institutions such as consumer associations can sue on behalf of the Injured party against the company for injunctive relief and damages. In each EU country, at least, an organization should be entitled to, such as the Europe, told Parliament.

far-reaching rights to information for collective plaintiffs

In an important point the members of Parliament against the EU-States were: flight and Zuggastrechte be covered by the new rules. In addition, class actions on such issues as data protection, financial services, energy, environmental, and health questions be submitted in addition to the General protection of consumers rights.

Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 02:19

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