Volkswagen (VW) has been hit with dozens of class action lawsuits from Audi owners who bought “Clean Diesel” cars that emit more toxic gases on the road than during emissions tests.
Audi Class Action Lawsuits Filed
Volkswagen (VW) is facing dozens of class action lawsuits from Audi owners all over the U.S. who claim they were deceived.
Since 2009, VW has installed illegal software on about 11 million cars worldwide. The so-called “defeat device” senses when the car is being tested for emissions and temporarily reduces emissions to pass the test.
But on the road, the cars emit up to 40X more nitrogen oxide (NOx). This toxic gas pollutes the environment and causes respiratory problems like asthma and emphysema.
Even worse, VW marketed the cars as environmentally-friendly “Clean Diesel,” tricked consumers into paying thousands of dollars more for the cars, and duped American taxpayers into shelling out $51 million in subsidies.
One man who filed a class action said, “Every reason that I bought the car was based on a lie.”
Audis With Emissions Test Cheating Software
Volkswagen admits that 2.1 million Audi TDI “Clean Diesel” cars made since 2009 contain a defeat device. These vehicles include:
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our attorneys are filing individual lawsuits against Volkswagen as opposed to an Audi class action lawsuit.
The problem is that there is no easy fix for these cars. Simply updating the software will reduce emissions on the road, but also noticeably impact performance and fuel-efficiency. Retrofitting the engine could cost thousands and decrease the resale value of the car.
About Class Actions
Class actions are often filed by a representative on behalf of a much larger group of people. Lawyers use one person’s case to fight for compensation on behalf of the entire group. If a settlement or jury awards compensation, everyone in the class action shares the payout.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
People with the most serious legal claims may prefer to file individual lawsuits. The problem with joining a class action is that lawyers sometimes take huge cuts of the payout and leave very little for everyone in the settlement.
Instead of a class action, our lawyers file individual lawsuits and work on contingency-fee. We accept only the most serious cases so we can focus on maximizing each client’s compensation.
If you decide to file a lawsuit into this rapidly-growing litigation, you could receive compensation for your vehicle’s lost resale value, lost use, decreased performance, punitive damages, and more.