VW hires BP's lawfirm from 2010 oil spill

23rd September 2015, Comments 0 comments

Embattled German automaker Volkswagen has enlisted the law firm that defended oil giant BP following the calamitous 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Volkswagen spokesperson said Wednesday.

Kirkland & Ellis are "a retained firm," a Volkswagen spokesperson said.The firm represented BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, which killed 11 men and saw millions of barrels of oil flow into Gulf waters in one of the worst environmental calamities in United States history.

In July, BP announced an $18.7 billion settlement to compensate the United States and five states for damages from the spill.

Volkswagen faces a tangle of lawsuits and regulatory probes following its admission that it intentionally sought to circumvent US pollution rules.

The automaker developed technology, known as a "defeat device," to allow its diesel cars to meet pollution limits during official testing but which turns off when the car is driven on the road, allowing the spewing of health-damaging emissions.

On Wednesday, Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned in the wake of the scandal, saying he was "shocked by the events of the past few days."

© 2015 AFP

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