VW hires Kenneth Feinberg to handle emission-cheating claims

DETROIT (AP) – Volkswagen has hired compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg to handle financial claims from people whose cars are involved in an emissions cheating scandal.

The German automaker says Feinberg will develop an independent, fair and quick process for resolving the claims.

Volkswagen has admitted to installing software on about 500,000 U.S. vehicles that turned on pollution controls during government tests then shut them off when the cars returned to real roads. Government regulators are evaluating the company’s proposal to fix the cars.

Feinberg recently wrapped up a compensation program for General Motors over faulty ignition switches that caused crashes, deaths and injuries. He also handled compensation for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and the BP Gulf oil spill.

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