Court dismisses auto brand’s appeal over $125m fine
The High Court of Australia has dismissed an application by auto manufacturer Volkswagen to appeal a $125 million penalty ordered by the Federal Court in 2019 for making false representations about compliance with Australian diesel emissions standards.
Volkswagen admitted in 2019 that it had made false or misleading representations when importing more than 57,000 diesel vehicles into Australia between 2011 and 2015 by failing to disclose that the vehicles were fitted with software designed to falsify emissions test results. The company was prosecuted in a number of other countries for the same offence. The $125 million penalty is the highest ever imposed for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law. Read more