Volkswagen Risks Diesel Claims Across EU After Court Ruling

Volkswagen AG vehicle owners can sue the carmaker over diesel-emission manipulation anywhere in the European Union, the bloc’s top court said in its first ruling on the scandal.

The ruling from the EU Court of Justice July 9 opens the company up to lawsuits anywhere that a car owner lives. The case stems from a dispute in Austria, where a consumer organization is seeking at least $4.1 million (3.6 million euros) on behalf of nearly 600 VW car owners.