Fiat Chrysler & Bosch Try to Escape RICO Claims in Emissions Fraud Litigation

Fiat Chrysler & Bosch Try to Escape RICO Claims in Emissions Fraud Litigation

Fiat Chrysler and Bosch are trying to convince a federal judge in California to throw out RICO claims brought by drivers in multidistrict litigation centering on claims that the companies cheated on vehicle emissions testing. The companies argue that only regulators, and not the consumers bringing the current lawsuit, are entitled to relief under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as the consumers who purchased affected vehicles were not direct victims of the alleged misconduct. U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen seemed to disagree with the companies’ argument, noting that, “At the end of the day, they [the consumers] paid for a car that they didn’t get.” [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…]