Volkswagen wants to prevent the former director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Louis Freeh from representing the owners of a diesel vehicle at the trial to be held in San Francisco against the German car group.
The economic magazine on the “Business Insider” network reports that Freeh offered his services as a lawyer to Volkswagen in the scandal over the manipulation of vehicle emissions with a diesel engine, and then went to work for the other party.
Therefore, Volkswagen wants to prevent, through a court decision, that Freeh represents owners of a diesel-powered car because a betrayal of confidentiality would occur because Freeh was about to be hired as an advisor by VW in 2015.
Freeh carried out similar advisory work in the case of Daimler’s bribes and in the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.
But in the case of VW, he met the opposition of the works council because his salary claims were too high and he offered his services to the plaintiffs, the vehicle owners.
Volkswagen believes that Freeh has used or even sold internal confidential information of the negotiations with the companies and therefore has filed a 28-page instance in the Federal Court of San Francisco for Freeh to be excluded from the judicial process.