German court to speed up VW investor lawsuits

lunes 8 de agosto de 2016 11:38 GYT

* Model proceedings to speed up legal dealings -court

* German law does not allow U.S.-style class action suits

* VW says have met disclosure terms, backs court decision

BERLIN, Aug 8 (Reuters) - A German court will adopt a rarely used class-action style procedure to more efficiently process claims by investors seeking damages from Volkswagen over a diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to a ruling.

The regional court in Braunschweig near Volkswagen's (VW) Wolfsburg headquarters said on Monday it will pick one case to act as a model to help resolve as many as 170 other damages claims, the closest thing Germany has to class-action lawsuits common in the United States.

Private and institutional investors are suing VW alleging managers at the carmaker failed to disclose its involvement in a diesel emissions cheating scandal in a timely manner, a claim VW rejects.

"VW continues to take the view that it has duly complied with disclosure rules related to securities law," a VW spokesman said on Monday, adding the court's decision to allow for a model proceeding is a "normal procedural step" that is also backed by VW.

Most of the 170 cases have been filed by private investors with the largest case by lawyer Andreas Tilp filed on behalf of 277 institutional investors and worth 3.26 billion euros ($3.60 billion).

Tilp has represented investors in many German cases over capital market-disclosure issues.   Continuación...