For VW: What went around finally comes around
On the 18th of September, 2015, the world learned that Volkswagen, the long-revered German auto company, had been cheating on U.S. environmental emissions tests for the previous seven years. Its “clean diesel engine cars” were anything but. They spewed out more than 40 times the amount of disease-causing pollution allowed in the U.S.
VW owners were reeling. But recent news should bolster claims against the company. The U.S. Justice Department has indicted six of the company’s top executives on criminal charges. VW immediately warned its employees not to travel abroad, according to Reuters for fear of extradition to the United States. But U.S. officials were able to arrest and detain one VW executive who landed in Florida on his way back to Germany from a vacation in Cuba.
A long and tangled tale of VW’s criminal conspiracy
New developments could also bolster legal claims against VW. The New York Times reports VW “signed off on a document” detailing how it rigged cars and tried to cover that up after U.S. regulators became suspicious. The document is part of an agreement the German auto company made with the U.S. Justice Department. Its information could lead to more criminal charges against VW. Another Times article features sketches of rigged VW engines that show locations of the cheating software applications and how they affected the engines.
VW made its decision to cheat on American emissions tests 10 years ago when it discovered its diesel engines didn’t meet EPA standards. Since VW wanted a big slice of the lucrative diesel engine market, it created software to block nitrous oxide the cars emitted during tests. According to The Times, the company’s decision shows that a “confident, cutthroat, insular” corporate culture at VW is the reason it so blatantly ignored American laws, defrauding so many U.S. customers, for so long.
Individual VW lawsuits are the justifiable answer for many
VW has agreed to pay $20 billion “to resolve civil and criminal charges in the United States.” It could go up. Shareholder lawsuits could add $10 billion. But some believe VW still owes them compensation. Their cars lost value when the scandal broke. Some had to continue driving their polluting cars even though they might be breaking state laws. VW promised relief, but owners have experienced long waits for buybacks and fixes.
Wayne Wright is representing victims of VW’s fraud
The firm has filed numerous lawsuits on their behalf. Wayne Wright’s successful record representing clients is reflected in his membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Only lawyers who have won multi-million dollar cases can join. He also won a 2014 Litigator Award, an event featured on CNN. Only 1% of the nation’s lawyers ever qualify for Litigator Awards. They are based entirely on earnings for clients. Calls are free.
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