VW 3.0-Liter Diesel Settlement Valued at $1.2 Billion Receives Preliminary Approval Along with Separate $327.5M Bosch Deal

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On February 16, 2017, Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted preliminary approval to a buyback, compensation, and repair settlement for owners and lessees of 3.0-liter diesel engine VW, Porsche and Audi vehicles. This preliminary approval signals a signal step on the path toward final settlement approval, expected to occur in May of 2017. The Court also gave preliminary approval to a separate $327.5 million settlement with German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, which wrote and installed the secret emissions-manipulating software on the affected vehicles. [Read more…]

VW Litigation Update: Judge Approves $1 Billion 3-Liter Engine Settlement in Emissions-Cheating Scandal

Judge Approves $1 Billion 3-Liter Engine Settlement in Emissions-Cheating Scandal

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer has granted preliminary approval to a new $1 billion settlement involving 78,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel owners in the infamous VW emissions-cheating scandal. Under this newest settlement in the litigation, Volkswagen will compensate owners of these 3-liter diesel engine vehicles, and repair or buy back as many as 20,000 Touareg and Audi Q7 SUVs. [Read more…]

FTC Files Statement in Support of 3.0 Liter “Clean Diesel” VW Settlement

FTC Supports VW Consumer Settlement

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission filed a Statement in support of the 3.0 Liter “Clean Diesel” Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi consumer settlements with Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. “As part of its effort to protect American consumers,” the Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed FTC Order, which resolves its claims concerning 3.0-liter vehicles with “Clean Diesel” TDI engines in which Volkswagen employed defeat devices to cheat on emissions tests and deceived consumers through its extensive and brazenly false “Clean Diesel” marketing campaign. [Read more…]

Bosch Agrees To $327.5 Million Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Fraud Case

Bosch Agrees To $327.5 Million Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Fraud Case

German auto electronics supplier Robert Bosch has agreed to a $327.5 million settlement for Volkswagen owners and the United States Federal Trade Commission over claims the company helped develop secret software for Volkswagen that was used to cheat on U.S. standard emissions tests and violate the Clean Air Act. [Read more…]

Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter Settlements to Compensate Consumers, Protect Environment and Hold VW Accountable for Emissions Conduct

VW, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter Diesel Emissions Settlements Announced

Class and government settlements provide substantial cash payments to fully compensate owners and lessees, ensure vehicles no longer illegally pollute environment

San Francisco, CA—Settlement agreements were filed today by the consumer plaintiffs and the Federal Trade Commission in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation that, if approved, 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. The proposed settlements were filed in the Northern District of California as part of the multidistrict litigation currently overseen by Judge Charles R. Breyer. [Read more…]

Increased Active Participation of VW Class Members Sheds Light on Changes in Big Litigation

Increased Active Participation of VW Class Members Sheds Light on Changing Court System

Class member participation in the Volkswagen diesel emissions consumer fraud litigation has been increasingly active, and the court system has taken notice. VW diesel owners have robustly engaged in social media discussions, emailed the courts on a regular basis, and even called class counsel on their personal cell phones. [Read more…]

Focus On: Law360 Consumer Protection Group Of The Year Lieff Cabraser

Focus On: Law360 Consumer Protection Group Of The Year Lieff Cabraser

Law360 has published its in-depth review of Lieff Cabraser’s Consumer Protection practice group, selected by the publication as a “Practice Group of the Year.” As the publication noted, the firm “represented consumers in some of the most high-profile cases of the year, including the Volkswagen litigation where founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser headed the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, representing the largest known consumer class settlement at $14.7 billion.” [Read more…]

Environmental Protection Agency Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Cheating Diesel Emissions Laws

Environmental Protection Agency Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Cheating Diesel Emissions Laws

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for allegedly cheating on federal emissions standards and contributing to pollution, in violation of the Clean Air Act. At least 104,000 diesel vehicles have allegedly been programmed with secret software that allowed for illegal excess emissions of nitrogen oxides. These vehicles include light-duty model year 2014, 2015, and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks equipped with 3.0-liter diesel engines sold in the United States. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Honored in Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year for Consumer Protection & Privacy

Lieff Cabraser Honored in Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 has announced the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, selecting Lieff Cabraser for Practice Group of the Year in the categories of Consumer Protection and Privacy. This prestigious recognition honors “law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.” The legal publication chose 157 groups among 34 different practice areas as winners of the award. [Read more…]