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Germany's top court OKs use of VW documents in diesel probe

Germany's top court OKs use of VW documents in diesel probe

July 9th, 2018 by Associated Press in Business

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court said investigators can examine internal documents seized last year from automaker Volkswagen as part of a probe into the diesel emissions scandal.

The Federal Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed a legal complaint from Volkswagen seeking to block authorities from using the documents for their investigation.

Volkswagen has been embroiled in a scandal involving its diesel vehicles since 2015, when U.S. authorities revealed the company had used engine software to cheat on emissions tests.

Volkswagen recently paid a 1.2 billion-dollar fine after German prosecutors concluded the company failed to properly oversee its engine development department.

The scandal has also already cost Volkswagen $20 billion in fines and civil settlements in the United States.