VW hires star US lawyer to handle diesel cases       

NEW YORK: German automaker Volkswagen, the target of US lawsuits over its pollution-cheating devices on diesel engines, said on Thursday it has hired lawyer Kenneth Feinberg to handle the complaints.

Feinberg, known for handling large consumer compensation cases such as the deadly ignition switches used in some General Motors cars, was hired to design and administer an independent claims resolution program to address claims related to the diesel-engine vehicles equipped with emissions standards-spoofing software.

The German auto giant has admitted using the cheating devices in at least 11 million vehicles worldwide. The scandal first emerged in the United States in September, where a number of class-action suits against VW have been filed.

“We are pleased to announce the retention of Kenneth Feinberg. 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 president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, Michael Horn  in the statement.

Feinberg said in the statement he would begin work “immediately” designing an independent claims process.


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