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New VW Claims Chief's Prompt Settlement Goal Runs Into Lawyers

  • Ken Feinberg hired by VW to help avoid `protracted' litigation
  • Volkswagen faces 500-plus suits over emissions-cheating cars
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How Feinberg Plans to Help VW Avoid Protracted Litigation

Volkswagen AG’s new settlement master will have to steer around a squadron of lawyers to fulfill his mission of providing “prompt relief” to the owners of diesel-engine cars rigged to cheat emissions tests.

Ken Feinberg said he was hired by the automaker to help it avoid protracted litigation by setting up a quick and easy process for compensating consumers whose cars are worth less because they they illegally spew pollutants. The catch is that owners who accept offers would be blocked from suing.