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…]

U.S. Regulators Approve of Volkswagen Plan to Fix or Buy Back Vehicles in Emissions Cheating Scandal

U.S. Regulators Approve of Volkswagen Plan to Fix or Buy Back Vehicles in Emissions Cheating Scandal

Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators have announced the government’s approval of the agreement for the German automaker to fix or buy back the diesel vehicles involved in VW’s illegal emissions cheating scandal. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the plan will involve approximately 326,000 VW vehicles sold between 2009 and 2014, “the first generation of the ‘Clean Diesel’ cars with 2.0-liter TDI engines, including the Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3.” [Read more…]

New Videos Explain Benefits Available to VW, Audi, and Porsche Owners and Lessees Under the 3.0-Liter Volkswagen TDI Emissions Fraud Settlement

New VW Videos

Two new videos have been released providing in-depth information on the benefits available to class member owners and lessees of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles with 3.0-liter engines affected by the diesel emissions fraud. One video relates to “Generation One” vehicles, Volkswagen Touareg (models years 2009-2012) and Audi Q7 (model years 2009-2012), and a second video relates to Generation Two vehicles, VW Touareg (model years 2013-2016), Audi Q7 (model years 2013-2015), Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L, and Q5 (model years 2014-2016), and Porsche Cayenne (model years 2013-2016). [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Statement on Final Approval Hearing in Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

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 today’s final approval hearing on the Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement. The hearing was held 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 he is “strongly inclined” to approve the settlement, but will consider the objections and issue an order by October 25, 2016. [Read more…]

Bosch Said to Have Played Critical Role in Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal Since 2008

Bosch Involvement in VW Diesel Emissions Scandal

Auto supplier Robert Bosch has been accused of conspiring with Volkswagen to produce the technology that would help the German automaker fraudulently pass standard emissions tests in its diesel vehicles. Numerous media outlets, such as The New York Times, Fortune, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and Jalopnik, have reported that Bosch asked VW to provide legal protection while the emissions cheating software was in development eight years ago. Despite VW’s reported refusal to indemnify Bosch, Bosch continued with the production of this defeat device. [Read more…]

Money Over Cars: 210,000 VW Diesel Owners Decide on Vehicle Buyback

Money Over Cars: 210,000 VW Diesel Owners Decide on Vehicle Buyback

Out of the 475,000 Volkswagen 2.0 liter diesel engine owners, approximately 210,000 individuals have chosen to partake in the $14.7 billion settlement that is awaiting final court approval. Under the settlement terms, VW and Audi owners have the option of selling their cars back to the dealership or having them fixed to meet U.S. environmental standards and clean air laws. In addition, owners will receive $5,100 to $10,000 compensation for their time and trouble during this scandal. [Read more…]

VW Emissions Case Looks Towards Settlement Over 3.0 Liter Engine Cars

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

At a hearing today in federal court in San Francisco before District Court Judge Charles M. Breyer, meaningful progress was reported towards a settlement between Volkswagen and over 650 U.S. VW franchise dealerships over vehicles “rendered unsellable” by the company’s diesel emissions scandal. The parties announced a proposed deal that includes a settlement fund as well as a buyback plan for used diesel vehicles that Law360 (subscription) noted would be “under the same terms available to owners of 2.0-liter vehicles” under the earlier-announced $14.7 billion settlement. The value of the proposed settlement fund for dealerships was not disclosed. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Cabraser Provides In-Depth Interview on VW Emissions Litigation

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Autoblog has published an in-depth interview with Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser focusing on the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and her role as Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation surrounding VW’s 2015 admission that it had doctored engine software in millions of vehicles to produce reduced emissions during formal testing. In late July 2016 Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court granted preliminary approval to a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case, where more than 500 federal lawsuits have been filed and consolidated into one complaint against the automaker for its “dirty diesel” vehicles. [Read more…]

VW Gets Court OK On Program To Scrap Cheating Diesel Cars

VW Diesel Emissions Scandal Settlement

As reported by the Associated Press and numerous other media outlets, Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District court in San Francisco has issued an order authorizing a test program proposed by Volkswagen for scrapping a set of repurchased vehicles to study the process, timing, costs and logistics of dismantling the violative autos and salvaging them for parts. [Read more…]

Court Grants Preliminary Approval to $14.7 Billion Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Scandal

VW Diesel Emissions Scandal Settlement

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and numerous other outlets, U.S. District Judges Charles Breyer has granted preliminary approval to a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions case, where more than 500 federal lawsuits have been filed and consolidated into one complaint against the automaker for its “dirty diesel” vehicles. In late 2015, the German carmaker publicly admitted that it had rigged emissions production in the diesel engines of approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide. [Read more…]

Volkswagen Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement – Substantial Compensation to Owners and Lessees

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

Class and government settlements create funding pool of up to $10.033 billion for affected consumers plus $4.7 billion for environmental impact to hold VW accountable for emissions conduct

San Francisco, CA — A class-wide settlement filed June 28, 2016 by the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles substantial compensation through buybacks and lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments, while fixing or removing these polluting vehicles from the road. [Read more…]

Compensation for Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Victims

Compensation for Volkswagen's Diesel Emissions Victims

Working with plaintiffs’ counsel and lawyers for Volkswagen, the federal government has reached a $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal, deemed “one of the largest consumer class action payouts in American history” by the New York Times. Owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles will be provided with substantial compensation through buybacks, lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments. As noted by the Times, the settlement “should also act as a deterrent to future bad behavior by companies that deliberately violate rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment.” [Read more…]

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement Provides Substantial Compensation to Owners and Lessees, Removes Polluting Vehicles from Road, and Remediates Environmental Damage

VW Diesel Emission Vehicles

Class and government settlements create funding pool of up to $10.033 billion for affected consumers plus $4.7 billion for environmental impact to hold VW accountable for emissions conduct

San Francisco, CA — A class-wide settlement filed today by the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles substantial compensation through buybacks and lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments, while fixing or removing these polluting vehicles from the road. [Read more…]