By Ryan Beene, Crain News Service
WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2015) — Volkswagen of America has hired attorney and compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg to help it resolve claims by owners of diesel vehicles with illegal emissions software.
Mr. Feinberg, who oversaw the compensation program for victims injured or killed by General Motors Co. vehicles with defective ignition switches, will develop and administer a program to address claims brought by owners of VW's 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles with the illegal software. Mr. Feinberg said he will accept input on the program from VW, vehicle owners and their attorneys, and other interested parties.
VW of America CEO Michael Horn announced Mr. Feinberg's hiring in a statement issued Dec. 17.
“His extensive experience in handling such complex matters will help to guide us as we move forward to make things right with our customers,” the statement said.