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Clifford Law Offices, a recognized leader in class action cases, is handling matters involving the latest defrauding of environmental regulators by German car maker Volkswagen.

If you would like to know what your rights are and to keep abreast of the situation as it unfolds in the courts, please fill out this intake form at Clifford Law Offices:

Many recalls of automobiles have occurred in recent years but none appears to be garnering the scorn of consumers like that of the recent Volkswagen/Audi diesel engine debacle. Apparently, the German automaker has been cheating on U.S. emissions tests for years through a clever software program designed to dupe the system. That means consumers are led to think that they are purchasing or leasing an environmentally friendly car when it actually is spewing up to 40 times the legal limit of the pollutant nitrogen oxide.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was tipped off to the scheme and is now investigating the entire matter. Reportedly, VW is conducting its own investigation. But where does that leave the some half million consumers who own or lease these cars?

Likely the courts will have to solve this matter. Clifford Law Offices, an experienced class action law firm, is handling a number of cases for these drivers who bought or leased the cars not knowing of this major problem that apparently was intentionally hidden from sight.

If you would like to speak to someone, call the firm at its toll free number: 1-800-899-0410 or email us at

Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at the firm, recently was named by the federal district court the co-lead counsel in the defective Pella window class action matter. He also represents a number of people affected in other class action lawsuits including that involving Target, General Motors faulty ignition switches and the Advocate Medical data breach involving millions of people’s private health care data as well as other personal information. Clifford was named the top Class Action/Mass Tort Lawyer in Chicago by Best Lawyers, the country’s leading peer-review organization that analyzes lawyers’ performance. Shannon McNulty, the partner at the firm in charge of class action lawsuits, also has been recognized by Best Lawyers for her excellence. You can trust Clifford Law Offices as your class action law firm.

If you would like to learn more, please look at our blog posts on class actions and mass torts.


  1. What do I have to do to become part of this class action?
  1. What will my role be in this case, will I have to show up to court?
  • Class counsel will appear in court and represent in court the interests of the class. You are not required to attend court hearings, but the court proceedings are entirely open to the public. We will contact you should we require your specific appearance in court.
  1. How can I find information on the progression of the case?
  • A certified class in a class action lawsuit can have tens of thousands of members. In order to be efficient in providing information, a website will be available soon where relevant material regarding this case will be posted. Please visit the site to check for updates. Class members will be notified by letter and/or email of further details concerning any future action class members must take. You may also call for information concerning the status of the case.
  1. Is my car affected by the recall?
  • The following vehicles are presently affected by the recall: 2009 model year VW Jetta and VW Jetta Sportwagen; 2010 model year VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, and Audi A3; 2011 model year VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, and Audi A3; 2012 model year VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3 and VW Passat; 2013 model year VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3 and VW Passat; 2014 model year VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta ,VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3 and VW Passat; and/or 2015 model year VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, Audi A3 and VW Passat.
  1. What does the lawsuit allege against VW?
  • Our complaint can be reviewed by clicking here. As additional details emerge, the complaint may be amended.
  1. Do I need to file a lawsuit, or am I included in your class action already filed?
  • Each state has its own consumer protection statutes. Though many states afford consumers similar protections, some states are different. You should consult with one of our attorneys to determine if you should file additional allegations against VW, based on your own state’s consumer protection statute.
  1. If I previously owned one of the affected models, but sold it before the allegations of fraud were made public, am I still entitled to relief?
  • Under certain legal theories, as former owner of one of the affected vehicles, you may be entitled to relief. You should consult with one of our attorneys to discuss your specific facts.


  1. Is there a time by which I must file suit?
  • There is nearly always a statute of limitations associated with filing a lawsuit. In some instances it may be one year, two years, or even four years from the date of the occurrence. Sometimes the statute of limitations is tolled, such as when fraud is involved. Your jurisdiction and the theory of recovery affect the statute of limitations applicable to your claim. If the statute of limitations expires, you may be barred from filing suit or recovering. You should consult with Clifford Law Offices to determine the proper statute of limitations.

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