In what could become one of the largest automotive lawsuits in recent years, consumers have filed more than 480 federal cases against German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) over its much-covered diesel vehicle emissions scandal. The consumer fraud litigation involves half a million American automobiles that have been sold since the year 2008.
On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Violation for nearly 482,000 diesel-powered vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2008 under the VW, Porsche, and Audi brands that included software that intentionally reduced the vehicles’ emissions production during official testing. The automobiles only triggered their full environmentally friendly diesel control systems during these emission tests, and the controls were then turned off during actual road use, resulting in better fuel economy and performance at the cost of emitting significantly increased pollutant levels in violations of U.S. clean air laws.
The suits allege that for years, Volkswagen intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the efficacy of its four-cylinder diesel engine vehicles sold.
“VW marketed its ‘clean-diesel’ vehicles as high-performing, fuel efficient, and environmentally-friendly, and consumers bought them for that combination of features,” explained Lieff Cabraser partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser. “In truth, VW’s clean diesel vehicles are anything but clean. VW sold its customers a car that doesn’t exist, and VW needs to make this right. Owners are stuck – they’re reporting that their cars are unsaleable.”
Lawyers from across the nation will come together in New Orleans before seven judges to determine the location of this massive consumer fraud multidistrict litigation. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Lawyers say Volkswagen’s acknowledgment that it did something wrong sets it apart from other car-related cases and will cut back on the initial discovery phase.”
“[The drivers] thought they were being environmentally responsible, thrifty and green,” stated Cabraser. “Their expectations were betrayed.”
National Consumer Protection Attorneys at Lieff Cabraser
If you purchased or leased one of the VW, Porsche, or Audi cars subject to the violation notice, you are encouraged to contact Lieff Cabraser. We welcome the opportunity to learn of your experiences with the vehicle and answer your questions. We represent VW and Audi drivers nationwide, and will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part. Because of the high volume of inquiries, while we will respond as soon as possible, we cannot respond immediately.
The vehicles on the VW emissions violation notice include:
• Audi A3 (model years 2010-2015)
• Audi A6 Quattro (model year 2014-2016)
• Audi A7 Quattro (model year 2014-2016)
• Audi A8 (model year 2014-2016)
• Audi A8L (model year 2014-2016)
• Audi Q5 (model year 2014-2016)
• Audi Q7 (model year 2009-2016)
• Beetle (model years 2012-2015)
• Beetle Convertible (model years 2012-2015)
• Golf (model years 2010-2015)
• Golf SportWagen (model year 2015)
• Jetta (model years 2009-2015)
• Jetta SportWagen (model years 2009-2014)
• Passat (model years 2012-2015)
• Porsche Cayenne (model year 2013-2016)
• Touareg (model year 2009-2016)