The Stuttgart Regional Court was struggling to cope with the wave of "diesel lawsuits" against Mercedes parent company Daimler, the court president said on Monday.
"We are faced with a huge challenge, the extent of which we cannot yet conclusively assess," commented Andreas Singer, president of the court of first instance responsible for all actions brought against the Daimler Group, which is headquartered in Stuttgart.
"But it is clear that we urgently need reinforcement for a structural additional burden for years to come," he added.
In the first half of 2019, the court had received 1100 cases against Daimler where the claim was either illegal exhaust technology or errors in the terms of the revocation of credit agreements, according to Singer.
Most of the cases aimed at returning a Mercedes-benz diesel car without financial losses in view of existing or imminent driving bans, he noted.