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

Diesel Emissions Fraud

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…]

American Lawyer Highlights “Blockbuster” VW Emissions Settlement in Year-End Roundup

Scales of Justice in courtroom

The American Lawyer takes a look back at how the plaintiffs’ bar fared for better and for worse in 2016, including a report on the “blockbuster” $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions consumer fraud case that surpassed previous automotive industry records and may well have set an all-time speed and efficiency record for a case of its size, running from inception to resolution in less than a year. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and LA City Attorney Office File Four False Reference Pricing Consumer Fraud Lawsuits in California State Court

Lieff Cabraser and LA City Attorney Office File 4 False Reference Pricing Consumer Fraud Lawsuits in California State Court

Lieff Cabraser announces that today, as co-counsel with the Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, it has filed four consumer fraud civil enforcement actions against national retailers: J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Sears. These cases allege that to increase sales each of these companies has pervasively used “false reference pricing” schemes — whereby the companies advertise products at a purported “discount” from false “original” or “regular” prices — to mislead customers into believing they are receiving bargains. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Public Justice in Uber Forced Arbitration Case

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief in Support of Public Justice in Uber Forced Arbitration Case

As reported by Law360, Public Justice (represented by Lieff Cabraser) has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit urging the affirmation of the district court’s decision denying a motion to compel arbitration in a consumer lawsuit against the Uber ride-sharing service. In the case, Uber seeks to impose mandatory arbitration requirements on consumers — contract terms of which they had no notice and to which they did not affirmatively agree. The brief notes that this is not only contrary to longstanding law, but also fundamentally unfair: Companies should not be permitted to force consumers making online transactions to abide by terms to which they do not agree, simply because those terms are available elsewhere online. [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Seeking to Force Defrauded Customers into Arbitration in Attempt to Sidestep Lawsuits over False Accounts Scandal

Wells Fargo Seeking to Force Defrauded Customers into Arbitration in Attempt to Sidestep Lawsuits over False Accounts Scandal

Banking giant Wells Fargo is attempting to sidestep a multitude of fraud lawsuits by forcing banking customers instead into private arbitration. Under the bank’s widely-reported false accounts scandal, some two million sham accounts were opened under customers’ names without their knowledge or consent. As noted by the New York Times, “This is not the first time Wells Fargo has been accused of trying to use arbitration to its advantage.” [Read more…]

Volkswagen Confirms Audi Gasoline Vehicles Are Cheating on CO2 Emissions, New Lawsuit Filed

Volkswagen Confirms Audi Gasoline Vehicles Are Cheating on CO2 Emissions, New Lawsuit Filed

U.S. and European authorities pushing past VW’s previous diesel emissions scandal have received confirmation from Volkswagen that certain Audi gas-engine models show significant irregularities relating to carbon dioxide emissions levels. A new lawsuit accuses Volkswagen (which owns Audi) of equipping some of Audi’s gasoline vehicles with similar illegal “defeat devices” designed to evade government regulations by tricking the public and regulators into thinking the cars emit far less noxious carbon dioxide gas than they actually do. [Read more…]

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Litigation: Statement on Volkswagen 3.0-Liter TDI Vehicles

VW Emissions Fraud Litigation

Elizabeth Cabraser, Court-appointed Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, released the following statement regarding news reports involving 3.0-liter TDI vehicles. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser: Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls 2.8 Million Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines Over Explosion Risks

CPSC Recalls 2.8 Million Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines Over Explosion Risks

SAN FRANCISCO – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with the cooperation of Samsung, is recalling 2.8 million of Samsung’s top-loading washing machines in the wake of over 700 reports of exploding washing machines resulting in at least nine injuries. The recall covers 34 of Samsung’s top-loading models sold from March 2011 through November 2016. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for Volkswagen Settlement

Elizabeth Cabraser Recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for Volkswagen Settlement

The American Lawyer’s Litigation Daily has selected Elizabeth Cabraser and her opposing counsel Robert Giuffra at Sullivan & Cromwell as “Litigators of the Week” for their work on finalizing the settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case. This recognition by the Litigation Daily is the first time that opposing counsel have been named co-litigators of the week. “Together, they led the effort to reach a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, with Giuffra as national coordinating counsel for VW and Cabraser as lead counsel and chair of the 22-member plaintiffs’ steering committee.” [Read more…]