I read that Volkswagen broke some American laws on the answer to another question, but it still baffles me how come in Europe there was no class action against the company.

Besides, VW admitted to have lied, and since people bought a car with precise characteristics (that were not real), I wonder if that would be a fraud.

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    What EU law do you think they violated? – user6726 Mar 22 '17 at 15:44
  • Fraud? I mean... If you said "buy this because its emissions are X" and then I find them to be Y, and you said "yep, I lied", wouldn't that be a fraud? – Noldor130884 Mar 23 '17 at 6:50
  • Limit your question to a European jurisdiction. EU Consumer Protection laws for defects provide for a minimum standard. Criminal law is matter of each country. – Singulaere Entitaet Mar 23 '17 at 13:55
  • It was in fact limited to EU. Well I reside in Germany, but I don't think here that the fact itself is open to interpretation – Noldor130884 Mar 23 '17 at 17:29
  • The manipulation, but not necessarily that this amounts to fraud under German Criminal Code. And even if it was fraud, the victims may not have been the consumer buyers, but the resellers VW sold the vehicles to. – Singulaere Entitaet Mar 23 '17 at 20:04

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