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Litigation around Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Heating Up

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Things are looking grim for Volkswagen. As the drum beating continues for justice against Volkswagen, the New York Daily News reported Volkswagen received a $21 billion loan to help it pay for various fines, expenses like car repairs, and lawsuits that are sure to come with the ongoing “Dieselgate” scandal. In addition, the Wall Street Journal reported plaintiff attorneys are preparing their litigation strategy against the company are going to New Orleans to argue where the cases should be heard. Plaintiff and defense attorneys place importance on the venue where cases are heard and its quite normal for them to seek a venue they think will better serve their case. Some of the biggest law firms like Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann, & Bernstein, LLP, Seeger Weiss, LLP, even law firms that usually represent corporations like Boies, Schiller, & Flexner, LLP and Quinn, Emanuel, Urqhart & Sullivan, LLP have thrown their hats in the ring. Since its revelation, a huge spotlight has been placed on Volkswagen and it will stay on the company for quite some time.

“Dieselgate” is about Volkswagen’s diesel cars showing faulty emissions results for over nearly a decade. The Environmental Protection Agency discovered the issue and has taken the lead over the investigation. The EPA sets federal emission standards and Volkswagen’s diesel engines violated them. According to various news reports, the software in those vehicles that would analyze the emission levels would switch between two different operating modes. The system was able to detect when it was being tested and would show results where the emission levels were normal. However, while the car was moving the system would switch and higher levels of emissions would be spewed into the atmosphere. Some news reports claimed they were 40 times higher than the federal standard of emission levels. The big promotion about diesel engine cars were the better gas to miles they would get over regular cars. It was widely assumed they were better for the environment. So in addition to a faulty system, Volkswagen duped their customers who thought they were getting cars that were better for the environment and got good gas mileage. The publication Car and Driver released a list of cars that are affected by the scandal. They include:

  • 2009–2015 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI
  • 2009–2015 Audi Q7 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2009–2016 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2010–2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0L TDI
  • 2010–2015 Audi A3 2.0L TDI
  • 2012–2015 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L TDI
  • 2012–2015 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L TDI
  • 2013–2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0L V-6
  • 2014–2016 Audi A6 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2014–2016 Audi A7 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2014–2016 Audi A8/A8L 3.0L V-6 TDI
  • 2014–2016 Audi Q5 3.0L
  • 2013–2016 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
    2013–2015 Audi Q7 TDI
    2014–2016 Audi A6 TDI
    2014–2016 Audi A7 TDI
    2014–2016 Audi A8 and A8L TDI
    2014–2015 Audi Q5 TDI
    2014–2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
    2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
    2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    2015 Audi A3 TDI
    2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
    2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI