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Switzerland: New watchdog files complaint over Volkswagen

 |  October 6, 2015

A Swiss consumer watchdog has filed a criminal complaint in connection with the Volkswagen test emissions rigging scandal. This follows the first private complaint opened by a Swiss customer against the German car group.

On October 5, a Swiss consumer association, known as the Fédération romande des consommateurs, filed a criminal complaint against unnamed individuals in connection with the VW affair for violation of the federal law against unfair competition, FRC secretary general Mathieu Fleury told Le Matin newspaper.

“We want to establish the facts and responsibilities in order to clear the path for victims who then file individual complaints,” explained Fleury.

“We can’t launch an action for damages and lost interest in Switzerland. This is what’s lacking when we talk about not doing a class action. But consumers need to take things in hand and take the necessary steps. A civil action is still essential.”

The FRC has also launched an online platform to help consumers with their own individual legal claims against the German car group.

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