Eight more Volkswagen employees charged in diesel scandal

FILE PHOTO: The VW logo is seen at the site of the first hearing of a consumer group’s class action suit against VW over the diesel emissions cheating scandal, at the Higher Regional Court in Braunschweig, Germany, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

HAMBURG (Reuters) – German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged another eight employees of auto maker Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE over the scandal surrounding cheating on diesel engine emission tests.

The eight are accused of fraud, false certification and violation of the law against unfair competition, the prosecutor’s office in the northern town of Braunschweig said in a statement.

Some are also alleged to be responsible for embezzlement and tax evasion, or for aiding and abetting those crimes.

Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to having used illegal engine control software to cheat U.S. pollution tests, triggering a global backlash against diesel and costing the carmaker billions of euros

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Car insurance policyholders may no longer be charged more than new customers

Home and motor insurance customers should pay no more when renewing their policy than they would if they were new to their provider under proposals by the City regulator.

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It means that for existing consumers their renewal price would be no higher than the equivalent new-business price.

However, with firms being unable to charge renewing customers more than new customers in future under the plans, it could mean the disappearance of some ultra-cheap deals from the market.

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The proposals, made by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), would apply through the same sales channel.

For example, if the customer bought the policy online, they would be charged the same price as a new customer buying online.

Firms would be free to set new-business prices, but they would be prevented from gradually

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An Easy Way to Avoid Being Charged for an Auto-Renewal

Many of us have done it: We sign up for a free trial or other service and tell ourselves we won’t forget to cancel before being charged an auto-renewal fee.

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Alas, we inevitably forget and end up saddled with a charge we never intended to incur.

Now, your credit card likely promises some protection.

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The Points Guy reports that the three biggest players in the credit card space — Visa, Mastercard and American Express — make it easier to avoid these charges. Here is how each card’s policy works.


Visa’s terms

dictate that when you sign up for a free trial with a subscription service, the provider must email or text you with the following details:

  • “Immediate confirmation of the terms of the agreement
  • Proactive notification of any
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