SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal faces a critical test, as a federal judge in San Francisco decides whether to grant its preliminary approval.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer is scheduled to consider the settlement at a hearing on Tuesday. He appears inclined to approve it.
He has kept close watch over the negotiations and praised the efforts of attorneys and a court-appointed settlement master who helped broker the deal.
Preliminary approval would allow attorneys to notify vehicle owners of the terms, which include a buyback option. The owners could use a settlement website to determine how much compensation Volkswagen would give them.
Breyer is expected to decide in October whether to grant final approval of the settlement or tell the parties to keep negotiating.