The unfolding Volkswagen scandal rocked the newswires when the EPA first
accused the European automaker of wrongdoing in September, 2015, but VW's
alleged practice of fraudulently manipulating vehicle emissions apparently
goes back several years. According to reports, the German automaker began
installing cheating software in some Clean Diesel models as early as 2008.
Researchers from West Virginia University eventually detected the deception
and blew the whistle to federal regulators and the State of California,
which maintains strict emissions standards.
Fallout from the Scandal
The emissions scandal immediately lead to the firing of Volkswagen CEO,
Martin Winterkorn, who
stepped down from his job and now faces potential criminal prosecution. VW's new
CEO, Matthias Mueller, has warned workers to expect cutbacks. Volkswagen
withdrew its 2016 diesel vehicles from EPA consideration for sale in the
United States, and the company’s financial woes will begin with
a painful $7.3 billion recall. VW may need to pay up to $18 billion alone
for Clear Air Act fines as well as pay other fines and fees around the world.
Your Options as a Volkswagen Owner: What to Do Next
The case against Volkswagen involves hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens,
spread across the country and filing for relief in multiple districts.
Each jurisdiction has its own rules for how much time you can take to
join a lawsuit, and the litigation process is somewhat different in each
If you bought a Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Beetle or Passat, or if you own
an Audi A3, you may be a victim of Volkswagen’s alleged deceptive
practices. To claim the damages you’re owed, consult with
Washington D.C. attorneys who are experienced in handling large, complex cases like this. Call us
now for a free consultation.
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