On Tuesday, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated more than 500 lawsuits accusing Volkswagen of cheating on vehicle emissions standards. The JPML stated that federal court in San Francisco would serve as the best venue, given that nearly one-fifth of the emissions fraud cases against Volkswagen had been filed in California.
On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Violation to Volkswagen relating to nearly 482,000 diesel-powered vehicles in the United States since 2008 and later sold under the VW, Porsche, and Audi brands. The German car manufacturer was reported to have installed software that intentionally changed the vehicles’ emissions production during official testing.
As a myriad of news outlets have reported, VW programmed the computers in these cars to detect when they were undergoing official emissions testing. Only then did the cars turn on their full emissions control systems. The controls are then turned off during actual road use, resulting in better fuel economy and performance, but producing significantly greater pollutants in violation of U.S. clean air laws.
The lawsuits seek statutory penalties and compensatory, exemplary, and punitive damages for the class members — all persons who purchased or leased the VW, Porsche, and Audi diesel cars covered by the violation notice. The case is In re: Volkswagen Clean Diesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, case number 2672, before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
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The affected vehicles subject to the VW emissions violations 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)