WASHINGTON Jan 4 A U.S. judge on Wednesday
denied Volkswagen AG and its former chief executive
Martin Winterkorn's requests to have an investor lawsuit
dismissed in California over its "Dieselgate" emissions scandal.
In a 41-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer also
rejected a request by VW brand chief Herbert Diess to have the
proposed securities fraud lawsuits tossed out of a California
court. The investors suing are mostly U.S. municipal pension
funds that invested in VW through American Depositary Receipts.
Volkswagen argued that German courts were the proper place
for investor lawsuits.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bernard Orr)