Volkswagen Emission Scandal Case Nearing Settlement

Volkswagen Emission Scandal Case Nearing Settlement

Settlement negotiations are currently in progress, and the judge has enforced a June 21, 2016 deadline for the parties to come to a settlement. The model and year of the vehicles in question are:

  • 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2009-2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
  • 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
  • 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI
  • 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI
  • 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
  • 2010 Audi A3 TDI

In September of last year, German automaker Volkswagen Group admitted to creating and using emissions-cheating software for 2.0-liter diesel models, affecting around 11 million vehicles worldwide, and approximately 600,000 vehicles in the U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that the Volkswagen Group intentionally programmed turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines to activate emissions controls during laboratory testing to allow the vehicles’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) output to meet U.S. standards. When driven in real-world scenarios, the vehicles emitted up to 40 times more NOx than they did during testing.

After the scandal, Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned, followed by the suspension of the head of Volkswagen Group’s brand development Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the head of Audi’s R&D team Ulrich Hackenberg, and the head of Porsche’s R&D team Wolfgang Hatz.

The Domina Law Group represents many clients in this litigation. If you purchased or leased one of the listed vehicles, contact us today as you may qualify to be included in the settlement.

Currently, only 2.0 liter diesel models are the subject of settlement. The 3.0 liter case is still pending.