VW faces German legal challenge

Reuters reports that Volkswagen is facing its first legal challenge in Germany from a big corporate client over the diesel emissions scandal.

Deutsche See, which leases 500 vehicles from VW, said it had been unable to reach an out-of-court settlement and according to German media has filed a complaint for ‘malicious deception’.

In a statement, Deutsche See said, ‘Deutsche See only went into partnership with VW because VW promised the most environmentally friendly, sustainable mobility concept.’

German tabloid Bild am Sonntag said Deutsche See was suing for 11.9 million euros ($12.8 million).

VW is currently involved in lawsuits from dealers, individual owners, regulators and states, many of them class-action cases in the US.