Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a public notice stating that Volkswagen had cheated when releasing emissions data. The EPA accused the German car manufacturer of installing “defeat devices” in more than 11 million VW automobiles.
These devices create more exhaust than is reported by programming a vehicle’s on-board computer. The result is emissions data that is flawed.
The fallout from this notice was massive and has resulted in a variety of lawsuits -- including 34 federal lawsuits in the U.S. alone (additional suits were filed in Canada).
Reasons for Filing a Lawsuit Against VW
Various VW owners are asking the car company to provide compensation for potential money lost. Automobile owners that paid a lot more for cars that VW claimed were clean diesel cars now want to be compensated for those amounts.
In addition, the resale value on a car that no longer fits the clean diesel claim could be extremely low - in short, those people that purchased VW cars thinking those cars would later sell for a higher amount are now stuck with cars that may not sell at all.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the various suits filed are asking for billions of dollars worth of damages based on the false emissions reports that VW previously released. Despite numerous lawsuits, the automaker has not issued a recall on any vehicles as of the time of this writing (however, this is expected to happen shortly).
What You Can Do
If you own think that you may have purchased a VW vehicle in recent years under the pretense that the vehicle fits certain emissions numbers, you may be entitled to compensation. For a completely free case evaluation, contact the Dellutri Law Firm today - you might be able to recoup the money spent on a VW with the right law team on your side. You can reach us at (800) 391-4337 or schedule a consultation online.