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Porsche Ordered to Reveal Who Knew What About VW Diesel Scam

  • Stuttgart court orders company to disclose scandal information
  • Judges see ‘grave violations’ in Porsche crisis management
Employees secure the exhaust unit to a Porsche 911 luxury automobile on the assembly line at Porsche AG's factory, operated by Volkswagen AG, in Stuttgart.

Employees secure the exhaust unit to a Porsche 911 luxury automobile on the assembly line at Porsche AG's factory, operated by Volkswagen AG, in Stuttgart.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

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Porsche SE’s board was ordered by a German court to answer critical shareholder questions about what management at Volkswagen AG and the carmaker’s majority investor knew about the diesel scandal and whether any evidence was destroyed.

The holding company’s board must answer five questions originally asked at its 2016 annual shareholders meeting, a Stuttgart court said in two rulings issued shortly before Christmas. The judges also sharply criticized the two companies’ handling of the crisis, saying that VW failed to stop employees from dumping documents that might have helped the U.S. investigation into the manufacturer’s diesel-emissions test manipulation.