Judge Orders Fiat Chrysler and DOJ to Meet With Settlement Master in Emissions Fraud Suit

fiat chrysler emissions fraud

As reported by Law 360, after significant delays in the settlement process, a California federal judge has ordered Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the U.S. Department of Justice to meet face-to-face with a court appointed Settlement Master in order to reach an agreement to end the government’s suit over the automaker’s excessive diesel vehicle emissions. [Read more…]

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…]

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

Diesel Emissions Fraud

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. [Read more…]

Rollaway Injuries Prompt Fiat Chrysler Ram Truck Recall

U.S. Vehicle Safety Officials Investigating Fiat Chrysler Roll-Away Crashes

Company will recall 1.8 million Ram trucks that can dangerously shift out of park without warning

The New York Times reports that Fiat Chrysler has announced a recall of 1.8 million Ram trucks after receiving reports of 7 people suffering injuries after crashes the company admits “might be linked to the problem.” The company has linked the issue to the vehicles’ brake transmission shift interlock, “a device that normally prevents a vehicle from shifting out of park until the brake pedal is depressed.” Heat can apparently build up around the gearshift in a way that can cause the shift interlock device to fail. [Read more…]

Fiat Chrysler Hoping for Approval on Vehicle Diesel Emissions Fix

Fiat Chrysler Hoping for Approval on Vehicle Diesel Emissions Fix

A lawyer for automobile manufacturer Fiat Chrysler announced that the company hopes to reach an agreement to fix its diesel vehicles that contributed to pollution in violation of the Clean Air Act by the spring of 2018. At least 104,000 diesel vehicles were allegedly programmed with undisclosed software that allowed for illegal emissions of air polluting chemicals. [Read more…]

Honda Settles Deadly Takata Airbags Case; Lawsuits Continue Against Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and GM

Takata airbag lawsuits

On September 1, 2017, Honda agreed to a $605 million settlement in multidistrict litigation with consumers over dangerous and deadly Takata airbags in Honda vehicles. The settlement will cover owners of 11.4 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators. Honda is the sixth automaker to avoid litigation via the settlement path after Nissan, BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota reached similar settlements valued at over $651 million earlier in the year. Honda’s settlement leaves suits ongoing against Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz, among other auto manufacturers. [Read more…]

Deadly Takata Airbag Suits Continue Against GM, Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler as Nissan Reaches Settlement

Deadly Takata Airbag Suits Continue Against GM, Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler as Nissan Reaches Settlement

On August 8, 2017, Nissan agreed to a $98 million settlement in multidistrict litigation with consumers over dangerous and deadly Takata airbags in Nissan vehicles. Nissan is the fifth automaker to escape litigation via settlement after BMW, Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota reached similar settlements valued at over $553 million earlier in the year. Nissan’s settlement leaves ongoing suits remaining against General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Fiat Chrysler, and other auto manufacturers. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Named Lead Counsel, Chair of Steering Committee in Fiat Chrysler Ecodiesel Emissions Fraud Litigation

Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge Diesel Emissions Violations

On June 19, 2017, Judge Edward M. Chen of the Northern District of California named Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser as Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in litigation against Fiat Chrysler by brought by Jeep and Dodge owners over allegations the company bypassed diesel emission controls in nearly one hundred thousand vehicles. Ms. Cabraser also served in the same role in the recently-concluded case against Volkswagen for similar emissions violations in Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles. [Read more…]

California Family Files Suit to Hold Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Accountable for Deadly Injuries Suffered by Father and Son in Horrific Jeep Liberty Explosion and Fire and to Warn Other Drivers of Lethal Jeep Fire Risks

Deadly Injuries Suffered by Father and Son in Horrific Jeep Liberty Explosion and Fire

Photo: Post-accident view of the Almanza and Urquiza family’s burned-out Jeep Liberty.

Los Angeles–(Business Wire)–Rick Patterson of Southern California plaintiffs’ law firm Owen Patterson & Owen and Fabrice N. Vincent of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announce that Nancy Urquiza Avila, Jacqueline Almanza Urquiza, and Yaritza Angulo Urquiza, residents of Oxnard, California, have filed a personal injury lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against FCA US LLC (“Fiat Chrysler Automobiles”) and certain other parties for the lethal injuries suffered by Cesar Almanza Garcia and Cesar Almanza Urquiza in an explosion and fire in their Jeep Liberty that occurred as a result of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ failure to effectively and safely recall the 2002 Jeep Liberty to meaningfully protect occupants from extraordinary risks of fuel-fed fires following read-end collisions. [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…]