U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer issued a June 15 order giving the plaintiffs’ steering committee, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission until June 28 at noon – a full week longer than the original deadline – to file for preliminary approval of a proposed emissions fraud case settlement agreement with Volkswagen. [Read more…]
San Francisco, Calif. – (April 21, 2016) – The MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee leading the Volkswagen Emissions “Defeat Device” consumer class action is pleased to announce that they have reached an Agreement in Principle with Volkswagen regarding the claims of all 2.0 liter TDI owners and lessees. The agreement is an important first step in the effort to obtain full compensation for consumers and remediation of the environmental impact caused by excessive emissions.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer is giving German automaker Volkswagen an additional month to cultivate a proposal to fix its diesel vehicles that violate U.S. emissions standards. The car manufacturer failed to meet the judge’s initial deadline of March 24 to come up with a solution to fix the 600,000 U.S. diesel-powered VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles still on the road.
German publication Die Zeit recently published an in-depth profile of Lieff Cabraser partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser, newly appointed sole lead class counsel in charge of conducting the U.S. nationwide multi-district litigation on Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” emissions fraud. Chosen by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Ms. Cabraser was one of more than 150 attorneys seeking lead roles in this litigation. The profile was then picked up and translated for English-language publication by Handelsblatt Global Edition.
A recent investigation by The New York Times discovered that top executives at Volkswagen Group may have had previous knowledge that their diesel vehicles contained emissions control-cheating software as early as 2014. Internal documents, emails, and memos obtained by the publication suggest that Martin Winterkorn, the former CEO of Volkswagen, may have been aware of this illegal conduct as well. [Read more…]
During the January 21, 2016 hearing in San Francisco, it was calculated that the number of diesel vehicles in the U.S. affected by the Volkswagen emissions fraud amounted to a total of 575,000, higher than previous estimates. The German car manufacturer currently faces hundreds of class action lawsuits from consumers who were harmed by VW’s deception and fraud concerning deceptively “clean diesel” engines in their vehicles.
Lieff Cabraser name partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser has been appointed sole lead class counsel in charge of coordinating and conducting the nationwide multi-district litigation against Volkswagen over its use of software cheats to commit emissions fraud. In the pretrial order issued late on January 21st, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer expressed his confidence that Ms. Cabraser would “effectively represent and guide the plaintiffs toward a resolution that is in their best interests.” He noted her “extensive experience with multi-district litigation” and “leadership positions in 17 different MDLs, including several that involved automobile defects.” Ms. Cabraser was one of more than 150 attorneys seeking lead roles in the litigation.
Law360 reviewed the landscape of 2016 consumer protection litigation, focusing in part on the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud scandal and the more than 500 lawsuits filed on behalf of affected Volkswagen Porsche and Audi owners nationwide harmed by the company’s installation of scamming software designed to bypass federal emissions standards in its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. [Read more…]
The chairman of Volkswagen’s supervisory board has admitted that Volkswagen employees began cheating on emissions tests more than a decade ago, after they determined they could not meet clean air standards in the U.S. legally. Board Chairman Hans-Dieter Pötsch admitted that the wrongdoing began in 2005 when the company decided to make diesel cars the focus of its United States marketing. Volkswagen saw diesel, which it promoted as delivering superior fuel economy and acceleration, as a way to set itself apart from competitors. The fake emissions testing results allowed the vehicles to pass U.S. clean air regulations. [Read more…]
On Tuesday, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated more than 500 lawsuits accusing Volkswagen of cheating on vehicle emissions standards. The JPML stated that federal court in San Francisco would serve as the best venue, given that nearly one-fifth of the emissions fraud cases against Volkswagen had been filed in California. [Read more…]
In what could become one of the largest automotive lawsuits in recent years, consumers have filed more than 480 federal cases against German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) over its much-covered diesel vehicle emissions scandal. The consumer fraud litigation involves half a million American automobiles that have been sold since the year 2008. [Read more…]
Mark P. Chalos, managing partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Jason Hess filed a nationwide class action lawsuit today in federal court in Chattanooga, Tennessee, against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. The complaint charges that for over six years VW intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the true emissions and performance of four-cylinder diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen and Audi brands. [Read more…]
“Truth in Engineering” is Audi’s official slogan. Sadly, the Audi A3 and multiple Volkswagen cars with diesel engines were allegedly engineered to deceive. This is one of the allegations in separate class action complaints filed yesterday and Tuesday by Audi and VW owners represented by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel in federal courts in New Jersey and California.