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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 



Jason Gehrke | Director | Franchise Advisory Centre Jason is the director of the Franchise Advisory Centre and has been involved in franchising for more than 30 years at franchisee, franchisor and advisor level. He advises both existing and potential franchisors and franchisees, and conducts franchise education programs throughout Australia. He has been awarded for his franchise achievements, and publishes Franchise News & Events, Australia’s only fortnightly electronic news bulletin on franchising issues. In his spare time, Jason is a passionate collector of military antiques.