The Latest: Judge gives early OK to Volkswagen settlement

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, the grille of a Volkswagen car for sale is decorated with the iconic company symbol in Boulder, Colo. Germany's Volkswagen, already reeling from news that it had cheated on U.S. tests for nitrogen oxide emissions, said Tuesday, Nov. 3, that an internal investigation had revealed "unexplained inconsistencies" in the carbon dioxide emissions from 800,000 vehicles that could cost the company another 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion). The revelation comes after VW's admission in September that it rigged emissions tests for four-cylinder diesel engines on 11 million cars worldwide, including almost 500,000 in the U.S. It has already set aside 6.7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) to cover the costs of recalling those vehicles. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal (all times local):

10 a.m.

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.

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11:30 p.m.

A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal faces a critical test, as a federal judge in San Francisco decides whether to grant its preliminary approval.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer is scheduled to consider the settlement at a hearing on Tuesday. He appears inclined to approve it.

He has kept close watch over the negotiations and praised the efforts of attorneys and a court-appointed settlement master who helped broker the deal.

Preliminary approval would allow attorneys to notify vehicle owners of the terms, which include a buyback option. The owners could use a settlement website to determine how much compensation Volkswagen would give them.

Breyer is expected to decide in October whether to grant final approval of the settlement or tell the parties to keep negotiating.

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