A federal judicial panel has picked U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in California’s Northern District to handle the litigation against Volkswagen A.G. over its emissions scandal.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which heard arguments Dec. 3 on where to transfer more than 500 class actions filed against Volkswagen in 60 federal courts, acknowledged in its order that several of the ­districts bore some geographical connection to the litigation, but it appeared persuaded by Breyer’s experience in handling MDLs.

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