VW has ordered to pay $ 20 million for the Spanish diesel claim, the automaker has filed an appeal

MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish court has ordered German carmaker Volkswagen to pay 16.3 million euros ($ 19.8 million) in compensation to people in Spain who bought cars with installed fraud devices, it said. consumer group OCU said Monday.

The company will appeal the ruling, a spokesperson said.

After a five-year legal battle, a Madrid court found that Volkswagen had engaged in anti-competitive business practices and ordered the automaker to pay € 3,000 in damages to each OCU member concerned, the group said in a statement. .

Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to using illegal software to cheat US diesel engine testing, a scandal that has so far cost more than $ 30 billion in repairs, fines and provisions.

Almost all affected U.S. car owners agreed to take part in a $ 25 billion deal in 2016.

Last year Germany’s highest court for civil disputes ruled that Volkswagen had to pay compensation to owners of rigged diesel-powered vehicles in Germany.

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Reporting by Emma Pinedo, editing by Nathan Allen and Mark Potter