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Judge Gives Early OK To Volkswagen Settlement

  

(AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has granted preliminary approval to a $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled Tuesday on the deal that would settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that the company's diesel engines cheated on U.S. emissions tests.

Attorneys for Volkswagen owners sought approval of the agreement reached last month. The terms call for the German carmaker to spend up to $10 billion buying back or repairing about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audi vehicles with 2-liter diesel engines and paying their owners an additional $5,100 to $10,000 each.

Volkswagen has acknowledged that the cars were programmed to turn on emissions controls during government lab tests and turn them off while on the road.

A final decision is expected in October.