EFESydney, Australia

Volkswagen must pay a record fine of AU$125 million ($91 million) for misleading consumers over diesel emissions of its vehicles in Australia, according to a decision by the country's High Court on Friday.

The court dismissed Volkwagen's bid for special leave to appeal a December 2019 ruling issued by the Federal Court.

"The High Court's decision today means the record $125 million penalty imposed by the Federal Court stands," Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chair Rod Sims said in a statement.

The ACCC originally brought the case against Volkswagen in 2016, alleging that the company "engaged in multiple breaches of the Australian Consumer Law by concealing software in their vehicles to cheat emissions testing and misleading consumers about the vehicle's compliance with standards and emission levels during on-road conditions."