German court issues split rulings over VW diesel cheating

A German appeals court has ruled in several lawsuits against automaker Volkswagen over software it used to cheat diesel emissions tests, saying consumers who bought the cars unknowingly deserve compensation but those who purchased them later don’t

The Stuttgart appeals court ruled Thursday plaintiffs could demand repayment of the purchase price, minus a portion for usage, for cars bought between 2013-2015.

The court rejected damage claims from plaintiffs who purchased vehices in 2016, saying Volkswagen’s announcements after the scandal broke were “sufficient in content and scope to inform the public.”

The rulings can be appealed.