Author Archives: Karin Matussek

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VW Asks Top Court to Bar Prosecutors’ Use of Raid Material 

VW Asks Top Court to Bar Prosecutors’ Use of Raid Material 

By Karin Matussek, Bloomberg News Volkswagen AG asked Germany’s highest court to issue an interim order blocking Munich prosecutors from using material seized during a raid of the offices of its law firm, Jones Day. VW filed for the emergency ruling and has said it will also file a constitutional complaint, the tribunal’s spokesman Michael

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Volkswagen Proving More Reliable in Court Than on the Road

By Karin Matussek, Bloomberg News Volkswagen AG is developing a reputation for reliability — at least in German courts. Faced with about 2,000 lawsuits filed by German car owners affected by the diesel scandal, Volkswagen and its dealers have followed a pattern: settle cases before an appellate court hearing. The six cases that were set to

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Facebook Doesn’t Understand German, at Least Not in Court

By Karin Matussek, Bloomberg News A German lawsuit over a photo showing a Syrian refugee with Chancellor Angela Merkel has put Facebook Inc.’s hate-speech policies under scrutiny. But the high-profile case has also shed light on complaints that the company tries to avoid and delay lawsuits in the country. Chan-jo Jun, a lawyer for the Syrian

A new Volkswagen e-Golf electric automobile, produced by Volkswagen AG (VW), is transported on an elevation platform as new VW automobiles sit in storage bays inside one of the automaker's glass delivery towers at the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Friday, April 29, 2016. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

VW Litigation Shows How the U.S. System Is Better for Plaintiffs

By Karin Matussek, BloombergBusinessweek Andreas Tilp was born in Plochingen, Germany, studied law a short train ride away in Tübingen, and works in the neighboring town of Kirchentellinsfurt. In what could be the biggest case of his decades of practice, he’s representing hundreds of clients in a lawsuit against that most German of companies, Volkswagen,