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Elizabeth Cabraser Doing a Q&A Live on Jalopnik Auto News Website Wednesday March 22, 2017

Auto news and culture website Jalopnik will be hosting a live Q&A with Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser at 8 a.m. Pacific (11 a.m. Eastern time) on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud settlement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. As Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation, Elizabeth spearheaded the development of the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter Volkswagen Dieselgate settlements, which provide substantial compensation for owners of affected VW diesels as well as significant environmental mitigation plans.

Visit Jalopnik tomorrow at 8 a.m. PST to watch the Q&A. There are also new videos available that explain the benefits Available to VW, Audi, and Porsche owners and lessees under the 2.0 and 3.0-Liter VW settlements.

Background on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions Fraud Case

On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Violation to Volkswagen relating to nearly 482,000 diesel-powered cars in the United States since 2008 sold under the VW and Audi brands (Volkswagen owns Audi) on which VW installed software that intentionally changed the vehicles’ emissions production during official testing.

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 emission 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.

On June 28, 2016, a class-wide settlement was filed by the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation that will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles with substantial compensation through buybacks and lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments, while fixing or removing these polluting vehicles from the road. On October 25, 2016, Judge Charles M. Breyer granted final approval to the historic $14.7 billion settlement relating to 2.0-liter engine vehicles.

On February 1, 2017, consumer plaintiffs and the FTC filed settlement agreements relating to affected 3.0-liter engine vehicles. If approved, the settlements will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0-liter diesel vehicles substantial cash compensation in addition to buybacks, trade-ins, government-approved emissions modifications or compliant repairs, depending on the generation of vehicle. Preliminary approval of the 3.0-liter vehicle settlement was granted on February 16, 2017. The court will hold a final fairness hearing to determine whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate on May 11, 2017.

About Elizabeth J. Cabraser

A name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Ms. Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injury and environmental litigation practice groups. One of the nation’s leading class action litigators and possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, she has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. Today, she serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, as well as lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases.