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.
The company’s CEO issued a public apology Sunday (Sept. 21, 2015) and said that it will stop selling the diesel engine vehicles in the U.S.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a probe into the whole matter and VW face a recall of up to a half million vehicles sold since 2008, including the diesel-engine Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, Golf, Passat and the Audi A3 model.
If you have one of these vehicles, please call Clifford Law Offices at 312-899-9090 in Chicago or its toll-free number: 1-800-899-0410. Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at the firm, recently was named co-lead counsel of the defective Pella windows class action matter in federal court.
Ask for Shannon McNulty, head of the class action practice at the firm. (smm@CliffordLaw.com) You will be asked to fill out a form for more information about your vehicle and its vehicle emission testing.
The cars actually emit nitrogen oxides up to 40 times the allowable standard, according to the EPA, in a story reported by The Wall Street Journal. The EPA is looking into allegations that the car maker used software that would indicate better emissions and performance when, in reality, it was programmed to perform that way only during emissions tests. There is a question as to if the fuel economy of the vehicle will be worse once the cars are properly refitted, following a recall ordered by the EPA, and some owners fear that their so-called fuel-economy cars may actually cost more for gas or that their cars have devalued.
Bloomberg Business is reporting that the Justice Department may be looking into the matter to see if criminal prosecution may be appropriate. The car maker may face billions of dollars in fines. The Clean Air Act contains criminal provisions that apply to tampering with monitoring devices as well as making false statements to the EPA, Bloomberg Business is reporting. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-19/vw-clean-diesel-scheme-exposed-as-u-s-weighs-criminal-charges