First major German customer sues VW over diesel emissions
A fish wholesaler has become the first major Volkswagen customer in Germany to sue the car giant for selling diesel vehicles rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
Deutsche See GmbH filed a lawsuit with a court in Braunschweig on Friday, alleging "malicious deceit" on the part of Volkswagen, after failing to reach an out-of-court settlement.
Deutsche See says it wants Volkswagen to repay about 11.9 million euro (£10.2 million) in leasing fees paid for its fleet of 500 Volkswagen diesel vehicles since 2009.
Volkswagen said it had not yet received official notification of the lawsuit and therefore could not comment on the case.
Volkswagen has agreed to buy back up to 500,000 cars in the US under a 15 billion dollar (£12 billion) settlement agreed with US authorities and car owners.