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VW has agreed to pay billions to diesel owners. Did retailers miss out?

The hundreds of frustrated Volkswagen dealers who turned up at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in March in Las Vegas faced a difficult decision.

Charge ahead with a class-action lawsuit against the automaker for damages related to the diesel emissions scandal, or roll the dice on an out-of-court deal.

At the last minute, retailers decided to go for a settlement — wishing to avoid a contentious court battle that would further damage a franchise already under siege. But that choice may prove to be a costly miscalculation.

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