Volkswagen And Bosch Requested The Court To Keep Their Documents Private

Volkswagen and Bosch want to keep over 22 million pages of records submitted to American courts away from European investors and vehicle owners.
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The two companies have requested a U.S. federal judge to reject document requests from European investors and even customers in the emissions scandal that has involved both brands.

As Automotive News notes, Volkswagen asked a judge to deny all “blatantly over-broad requests,” which refers to a submitted demand that is not sufficiently restricted to a particular target or subject.

In other words, Volkswagen wants to keep its 20 million pages between itself and the court, while Bosch seeks to keep the two million pages it submitted to remain of interest to the court, and not to third parties interested in other topics.

According to Volkswagen, German authorities have rejected similar requests because they might “potentially undermine official investigations.”

Bosch’s representatives claim that the documents they provided to the court have sensitive information, including business documents and information protected under foreign data privacy laws. In other words, the German supplier fears that releasing the documents it posted to third parties that request it might endanger its business.

Multiple European organizations have requested documents from the case that involves Volkswagen and Bosch, and these parties include the Dutch Settlement Foundations, the Wolverhampton City Council, and Altroconsumo, an Italian consumer association that has already sued Volkswagen in Italy.

Currently, the owners of Dieselgate-affected Volkswagen cars are suing Bosch claim that the supplier knew about the manufacturer’s secret “defeat device,” and that it also helped design it.

Bosch has denied that claim, along with the accusation that it requested legal protection from Volkswagen back in 2008 because of its alleged involvement in the development of the “defeat device.”

has many groups and associations interested in filing legal action against it, and the corporation is visibly concerned about the possibility.

The lawsuits would come even if VW has been approved a settlement proposition for the American customers of cars that were sold with 2.0-liter TDI units, while their European equivalents will get their cars fixed as the approvals from authorities are granted.
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