Volkswagen Class Action Lawsuit
German automaker Volkswagen recently admitted to installing software in several different vehicle models, including Audi and Porsche vehicles, in order to detect and defeat federal emissions testing. The vehicles contained software in the electronic control module that sensed when they were undergoing emissions testing. When they were not undergoing emissions testing, the vehicles’ defeat device was essentially turned off and the software ran a separate road calibration that reduced the effectiveness of the emission control system. The software enabled Volkswagen to avoid a costly revamp of its vehicles’ engines in order to fall in line with new United States emissions standards put in place in 2009. The software was installed and used in an estimated 600,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles in the U.S., and 11 million vehicles worldwide. As a result of the scandal, several Volkswagen Class Action Lawsuits have been filed throughout the country, and the attorneys of Abbott Law Group are currently accepting Volkswagen emissions fraud cases.
In addition to the Volkswagen Class Action Lawsuits that the company faces, a lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The lawsuit accuses Volkswagen of four counts of violating the U.S. Clean Air Act, including tampering with the emissions control system and failing to report violations. According to Assistant Attorney General John Cruden, “The United States will pursue all appropriate remedies against Volkswagen to redress the violations of our nation's clean air laws.” In addition, the Justice Department has been investigating criminal fraud allegations against Volkswagen for misleading consumers and regulators. While criminal charges in this matter would certainly require a higher burden of proof than civil lawsuits, the Justice Department has not ruled out filing criminal charges against the company.
If you own or lease one of the cars listed listed to the right, then you may be legally entitled to compensation.
While Volkswagen violated a variety of federal and state environmental laws, namely the Clean Air Act, the company is also liable to consumers for marketing its diesel vehicles as clean, environmentally friendly alternatives to cars with regular gasoline engines. VW falsely marketed the diesel vehicles with the name “CleanDiesel” and advertised the vehicles as having better fuel-economy and lower carbon and nitrogen oxide emissions.
Some of the diesel models may have cost up to $7,000 more than their gasoline counterparts, and many consumers paid that price with the thought in mind that these diesel vehicles would cause less damage to the environment. The attorneys of Abbott Law Group have over thirty years of experience litigating class action lawsuits and know what it takes to go up against a massive corporation like Volkswagen.
If you or someone you know owns or leases a 2009-2015 Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche diesel vehicle which has the defeat device installed, contact the attorneys of Abbott Law Group today for a free case evaluation regarding the Volkswagen Class Action Lawsuit.
Affected Years, Make, and Model
2012 – 2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2012 – 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI
2010 – 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI
2009 – 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2009 – 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen TDI
2012 – 2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2009 – 2016 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 3.0L
2010 – 2015 Audi A3 2.0L
2014 – 2016 Audi A6 Quattro 3.0L
2014 – 2016 Audi A7 Quattro 3.0L
2014 – 2016 Audi A8 3.0L
2014 – 2016 Audi A8L 3.0L
2014 – 2016 Audi Q5 3.0L
2009 – 2016 Audi Q7 3.0L
2013 – 2016 Porsche Cayenne 3.0L