The Am Law Litigation Daily (subscription) recently interviewed complex litigation scholar Deborah Hensler of Stanford Law School, co-author of a new report about the worldwide impact of the massive VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions cases, to get her thoughts on what they mean for global litigation going forward.
The complaints against VW alleged that for over six years, the auto giant intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to governments, and misled the public about the efficacy of its four-cylinder diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen and Audi brands. The unprecedented Volkswagen settlement, valued at over $14 billion, was one of largest and most widely publicized class action settlements in United States history.
The report includes information from a roundtable discussion that took place in 2019, in which the RAND Corporation and Stanford Law School brought together a prominent group of legal minds from around the world to discuss the litigation that evolved out of Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” emissions scandal. The group of nearly 40 lawyers, regulators, judges, and academics included U.S. District Senior Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California, who oversaw the multidistrict litigation against VW in the U.S as well as Lieff Cabraser partner Elizabeth Cabraser, whom the judge appointed as lead counsel for the plaintiffs.
Read The Globalization of Mass Civil Litigation: Lessons from the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Case on the RAND website.
Read the full interview with Deborah Hensler on the Law.com website (subscription).