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(Odd Andersen, AFP)
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San Francisco — A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a nearly $15bn court settlement of most claims against Volkswagen for its emissions-cheating scandal.

US District Judge Charles Breyer signed the order on Tuesday approving the largest auto-scandal settlement in the nation's history.

Volkswagen admitted last year that about 475 000 VWs and Audis with 2-liter four-cylinder diesel engines were programmed to cheat on emissions tests. Under the settlement, owners of the affected cars have until September 1, 2018, to decide whether to have the car fixed or repurchased. Volkswagen could start buying back the cars as early as next month if the owner submits a claim.

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