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BREAKING: VW Must Face Punitive Damages ‘Clean Diesel’ Trial

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BREAKING: VW Must Face Punitive Damages ‘Clean Diesel’ Trial

Law360, San Francisco (March 3, 2020, 4:43 PM EST) — A California federal jury awarded economic damages to a narrowed group of consumers Tuesday in Volkswagen’s first U.S. trial over its “clean diesel” emissions scandal, meaning the German automaker must now face punitive damages in a bifurcated bellwether trial.

After less than a day of deliberations, the nine-person jury determined that the automaker owes economic damages to five of the 10 California consumers whose cases were tried in the economic damages portion of the bellwether trial.

While the bellwether trial involved just 10 California residents who bought or leased seven VW and Audi turbocharged direct injection vehicles and who opted out…

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