Volkswagen to seek dieselgate damages from former CEO, Audi boss

Volkswagen to seek dieselgate damages from former CEO, Audi boss
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Volkswagen will claim damages from former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn and former Audi boss Rupert Stadler over its diesel emissions scandal, the carmaker said on Friday, trying to draw a line under its biggest-ever crisis, APA reports citing Reuters.

The German company said that following a far-reaching legal investigation it had concluded Winterkorn and Stadler had breached their duty of care, adding it had found no violations by other members of the management board.

Winterkorn and Stadler have both denied being responsible for the scandal.

Volkswagen in 2015 admitted using illegal software to rig diesel engine tests in the United States, sparking Germany’s biggest corporate crisis.

The scandal has cost the carmaker more than 32 billion euros ($38 billion) in fines, refits and legal costs.

Winterkorn resigned as CEO on Sept. 23, 2015, a week after the scandal broke.

About three years later, Volkswagen terminated Stadler’s contract as Audi CEO against the backdrop of a criminal investigation into whether he was involved in emissions cheating by the German group.

Volkswagen said the investigation it launched into the scandal, handled by law firm Gleiss Lutz, included the screening and review of 1.6 million files and more than 1,550 interviews and questionings.

“Both Prof. Winterkorn and Mr. Stadler accomplished great things with the Volkswagen Group ... there is no question that the impressive achievements in their professional careers still stand,” Volkswagen’s supervisory board said in a note sent to staff on Friday.

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