The Real Winners In Dieselgate Are, Of Course, The Lawyers

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GREEN via AP Images

One benefit to being the second-largest automaker in the world is that you have a lot of money, and having a lot of money comes in handy when you have to pay your problems away. And where there are problems and money, there are lawyers.

Volkswagen Group has agreed to pay $175 million to U.S. lawyers representing 475,000 owners affected by the Dieselgate scandal, where the automaker was caught cheating on carbon emissions tests on millions of cars.

That’s a lot of money, but it’s just a fraction of the $332.5 million lawyers were seeking back in August to cover fees and costs concerning the settlement between Volkswagen and owners trying to sell back their emissions-cheating diesels, according to Automotive News.


The rest of the settlement has VW paying out up to $16.7 billion to make it all go away, with just over $10 billion being allocated to buy back affected vehicles and compensate owners. That doesn’t include some withstanding fixes or compensation waiting for regulator approval, namely the 85,000 3.0-liter emissions-cheating diesel vehicles that have yet to be decided on.

The decision to grant final approval for the owners’ settlement will be held in San Francisco next week.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik

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