U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer issued a June 15 order giving the plaintiffs’ steering committee, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission until June 28 at noon – a full week longer than the original deadline – to file for preliminary approval of a proposed emissions fraud case settlement agreement with Volkswagen.
“Given the highly technical nature of the proposed settlement in these complex proceedings, the court extends the deadlines for the plaintiffs’ steering committee to file its motion for preliminary approval of settlement,” Judge Breyer wrote. In late April, the plaintiffs and defendants of the VW diesel emissions case reached an agreement in principle under which the German auto manufacturer would buy back or fix approximately 482,000 2-liter vehicles equipped with diesel emissions engines.
More than 500 federal lawsuits have been filed against the carmaker for its “dirty diesel” automobiles, and were consolidated into one complaint in San Francisco Federal Court on February 22, 2016. In late 2015, Volkswagen admitted publicly that it had rigged emissions production in the diesel engines of approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide.
The case is In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2672, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).