Whilst “Dieselgate” is old news to many, the Volkswagen (VW) scandal has recently resurfaced in the media as six German executives have been charged with “deliberately misleading” authorities and customers. Almost half a million German consumers are still awaiting compensation from the fraudulent car manufacturer for installing cheat devices to pass emission tests. The scandal rocked the world in 2015, outraging environmentally conscious consumers for the abject disregard of the environment and emissions regulations. This global case has transformed collective redress in Europe and exposed not only Volkswagen but also other car manufacturers such as Audi and Porsche.
On Friday 20th September, thousands of Amazon employees (collectively “Amazon Employees for Climate Justice”) walked out of the company headquarters in Seattle. Other Amazon employees from offices in over 25 cities and 14 different countries also took part in the strike.