Final Month for VW, Audi 2.0-Liter Diesel Owners, Lessees to File Class Action Settlement Claims and Receive Benefits

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

Eligible consumers must file claims by September 1 to receive buyback or approved emissions modification plus additional cash compensation

Owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles who have yet to complete a claim in the 2.0-liter class action settlement have until September 1, 2018 to claim benefits for a vehicle buyback or an approved emissions modification, along with thousands of dollars in cash compensation. [Read more…]

Consumer Action Alert: Heads Up for VW 2.0-Liter Diesel Owners and Lessees to File Claims

Final claims deadline approaches for Volkswagen (VW) settlement

The Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” litigation settlement of more than $15 billion, announced in June 2016, is quickly approaching the deadline for 2.0-liter diesel owners and lessees to file claims and receive their benefits. This will ensure that these vehicles either are removed from the road or receive an approved emissions modification. [Read more…]

Appeals Court Affirms $10 Billion VW Diesel Emissions Deal, Noting “Substantial Benefits” to Class Members

Diesel Emissions Fraud

Settlement delivers “substantial, tangible benefits” to class members, with extremely high participation rates

As reported by Law360 (subscription), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed the $10 billion deal between consumers and Volkswagen covering over 475,000 diesel vehicles in the diesel engine emissions fraud scandal that first broke in 2015. The Court upheld the settlement relating to 2.0 liter engine VW, Porsche, and Audi vehicles after reviewing six separate appeals. [Read more…]

VW Diesel Emissions Claims Deadline is Rapidly Approaching for 2.0 Liter Engine Vehicles

September 2018 VW Emissions Deadline

As reported by Green Car Reports, U.S. owners of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder VW cars must complete the filing of their diesel emissions fraud settlement paperwork by September 1st, 2018, to be eligible for at least $5,100 in compensation from Volkswagen. After filing, all claims must be settled by December 31, 2018, but again, they must be submitted by the September 1 deadline to be eligible. [Read more…]

“Backfired: When VW Lied To America”

Backfired: When VW Lied To America

New Documentary Captures VW Diesel Emissions Scandal & the Clean Air Movement in California

A new documentary titled “Backfired: When VW Lied To America” will soon be coming to TV screens and movie theaters around the country. Produced by Dale Bell, co-founder of The Media and Policy Center in Burbank, California, the film provides the most detailed video examination to date of the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud scandal. [Read more…]

Deadline for VW, Audi 2.0-Liter Owners and Lessees Fast Approaching to Take Advantage of “Clean Diesel” Settlement Benefits

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions

Eligible consumers of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter “Clean Diesel” vehicles have until September 1, 2018 to file claims to receive compensation, approved emissions modification

San Francisco, CA—Owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter vehicles are receiving new reminders that they have until September 1, 2018 to submit completed claims for benefits under the historic Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation settlement. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Team Wins 2018 California Lawyer of the Year Award for VW Diesel Emissions Case

Lieff Cabraser Team Wins 2018 California Lawyer of the Year Award for Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

Historic consumer fraud case against Volkswagen over “Clean Diesel” emissions led to unprecedented settlements valued at over $14 billion

At its 2018 awards ceremony, the California Daily Journal has named Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Kevin R. Budner, Phong-Chau Nguyen, and Wilson M. Dunlavey as recipients of the 2018 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award for their work on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions Fraud MDL. The CLAY awards are given annually to outstanding California practitioners “whose extraordinary work and cases had a major impact on the law.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Team Named Finalists for 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year California Award

Lieff Cabraser Team Named Finalists for 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year California Award

The Consumer Attorneys of California have announced their list of finalists for the 2017 Consumer Attorney of the Year award, a list that includes Lieff Cabraser’s Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud case team. Led by Elizabeth Cabraser, who serves as Lead Class Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the historic litigation, the team also includes David S. Stellings, Kevin R. Budner, Wilson M. Dunlavey, and Phong-Chau G. Nguyen. [Read more…]

Super Lawyers Publishes In-Depth Profile of Elizabeth Cabraser

Super Lawyers Publishes In-Depth Profile of Elizabeth Cabraser

The Northern California edition of Super Lawyers Magazine has published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser name partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser entitled “From the Top: Elizabeth Cabraser tackles Volkswagen, Takata and Exxon – and seldom misses a drumming gig.” [Read more…]

Associated Press Talks with Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Elizabeth Cabraser About the VW Emissions Settlement

https://www.lieffcabraser.com/consumer/vw-emissions-recall/

Originally arising as one of the biggest auto-related scandals in U.S. history, the Volkswagen diesel emissions case has led to one of the largest consumer settlements ever – many times higher than the previous automotive industry record. The Associated Press recently interviewed Lieff Cabraser founding partner and Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Elizabeth J. Cabraser on the VW “dirty diesel” emissions settlement. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser on the VW Diesel Settlements: A Road to Justice for Consumers & the Environment

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

As a result of Volkswagen’s conduct in installing “cheat devices” in its 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines to evade emissions standards, consumers “became unwitting accomplices in one of the biggest auto-related scandals in U.S. history, driving vehicles that were emitting as much as 40 times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxides into the earth’s atmosphere.” In an op-ed piece published today by The Recorder, Elizabeth Cabraser anatomizes the VW case and its attendant historic settlements, unprecedented for their scope and complexity, combining consumer compensation, environmental relief, fines and penalties, coordinated by the Department of Justice, EPA, California Air Resources Board and California Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission and class plaintiffs. [Read more…]

Statement on Court Granting Final Approval of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter Emissions and Bosch Settlements

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

San Francisco, CA (May 11, 2017) – Elizabeth Cabraser, lead counsel for the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, released the following statement regarding the Court granting final approval of the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0-Liter Emissions Settlement and the related Bosch settlement. The final approval hearing was held today in the Northern District of California as part of the multidistrict litigation currently being overseen by Judge Charles M. Breyer. Judge Breyer informed the parties that orders would be entered no later than May 17, 2017. [Read more…]

Court Grants Final Approval to Volkswagen Emissions 3.0-Liter Vehicle Settlement

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer has granted final approval to a settlement over emissions fraud on Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter engine vehicles in the U.S. with a value of at least $1.2 billion. The settlement covers approximately 82,500 cars and suvs with the larger capacity engines, and follows the previous $14.7 billion settlement for drivers of 2.0-liter engines. The new settlement brings the total measure of VW’s civil payments over the emissions scandal to about $17.4 billion. U.S. Justice Department attorney Joshua Van Eaton noted in court that the result “sends a message to Volkswagen and to others who would consider gaming the system that it does not pay to cheat.” [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Doing a Q&A Live on Jalopnik Auto News Website Wednesday March 22, 2017

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Auto news and culture website Jalopnik will be hosting a live Q&A with Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser at 8 a.m. Pacific (11 a.m. Eastern time) on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions fraud settlement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. As Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation, Elizabeth spearheaded the development of the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter Volkswagen Dieselgate settlements, which provide substantial compensation for owners of affected VW diesels as well as significant environmental mitigation plans. [Read more…]

VW Pleads Guilty in Diesel Emissions Scandal

VW Pleads Guilty in Diesel Emissions Scandal

German automaker Volkswagen pleaded guilty in federal court in Detroit to criminal felony charges relating to its diesel emissions deception. The company was “charged with fraud, obstruction of justice and making false statements about vehicles it imported into the United States, using software designed to cheat on emissions tests during lab testing that helped deceive environmental regulators,” as reported by the New York Times. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Named Benchmark Litigation Plaintiff Attorney of the Year

Benchmark Litigation 2017 U.S. Awards

Benchmark Litigation has named Lieff Cabraser co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser its “Plaintiff Attorney of the Year.” Billed as “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys,” Benchmark Litigation also recognized Lieff Cabraser’s work on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions Fraud litigation as a 2017 “Impact Case,” recognizing the work of our firm along with defense counsel Sullivan & Cromwell that resulted in settlements valued in the aggregate at over $15 billion. [Read more…]

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

Cars in traffic

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…]

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…]