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Diesel Emissions Fraud

Federal Judge Rules Fiat Chrysler Diesel Emissions Fraud Lawsuit Can Move Forward

As reported widely in the media, Fiat Chrysler’s attempt to end the diesel emissions cheating case filed by consumers across the U.S. has failed, as U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen issued an order substantially supporting plaintiffs’ complaint and directing the litigation to move forward.

The Judge’s denial of Fiat Chrysler’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit means that owners of 100,000+ 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram pickup trucks with diesel engines “can proceed to trial on claims the company cheated U.S. emissions tests and allowed its automobiles to pollute more than 20 times beyond legal limits. Vehicle owners allege they paid thousands of dollars above gasoline-powered models for Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles that were improperly deemed environmentally friendly.” (Wall Street Journal).

“We are pleased with the court’s decision, giving a green light to our claims,” lead plaintiffs’ counsel Elizabeth Cabraser said in a statement. “We will continue to hold Fiat and Bosch accountable for the economic and environmental harm they caused. Fiat Chrysler cheated U.S. emissions tests and emitted harmful pollutants at illegally high levels far in excess of what would be considered environmentally friendly.”

Learn more about the Fiat Chrysler diesel emissions fraud lawsuit.