German court denies Greenpeace suit against VW
The Regional Court of Braunschweig has dismissed a civil action against Volkswagen supported by Greenpeace. The lawsuit called on the company to end the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines worldwide by 2030 at the latest.
The Regional Court dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the legislator, with the introduction of the German Federal Climate Protection Act, satisfied its obligations to protect citizens arising from fundamental rights. “The obligations of a company acting in the private sector do not extend further than the duties of protection directly accruing to the state from fundamental rights,” the court said in a statement. Greenpeace has already announced further legal steps.
A few days ago, the Regional Court of Munich I had already dismissed a similar lawsuit filed by Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) against BMW.
landgericht-braunschweig.niedersachsen.de, greenpeace.de (both in German)