The automobile manufacturer Daimler AG wants to settle the ongoing diesel litigation with authorities and civil plaintiffs in the USA with a payment in the billions. The company announced that it had reached agreement in principle with various US authorities and the plaintiff representatives of a consumer class action lawsuit on the settlement of the various proceedings. Daimler has already reached an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Justice’s environmental department, the US Customs and Border Protection and California State authorities and representatives of the civil lawsuit
For the settlements with the authorities, Daimler reckons with costs of around 1.5 billion dollars, the company estimates around 700 million dollars for the settlement of the class action. Daimler estimates the costs for further expenses to be in the mid three-digit million euro amount. For the "expected total costs of the comparisons", the company has made "sufficient accounting provisions". The criminal investigations that have been running against Daimler in the USA since 2016 are not affected by the comparisons.
According to the announcement, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG have already approved the settlement. With this, Daimler is going "an important step towards creating legal certainty in various diesel proceedings in the USA," the group announced. However, the comparisons are still subject to the final approval of the competent authorities and courts.
In 2016, the class action on suspicion of manipulation was filed against Mercedes-Benz. According to the lawsuit, nitrogen oxide emissions from certain vehicles have significantly exceeded the official figures. The German car manufacturers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have also violated competition and consumer protection laws and enriched themselves in an inadmissible manner. The compensation and penalties negotiated by Volkswagen in the USA in the course of the reappraisal now amount to more than 22 billion dollars.