On September 22, 2015, Volkswagen publicly admitted that 11 million of its vehicles were equipped with software that was used to manipulate emissions control tests. It is estimated that about 500,000 of these vehicles were sold in the United States. This came a mere few days after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice to Volkswagen. According to the EPA, Volkswagen marketed these automobiles as being “Clean Diesels” when in reality the emissions on these vehicles fail to comply with the Clean Air Act.
On October 2, 2015, our office, along with the Law Office of Kerri Johnson Riley, filed suit in federal court against Volkswagen Group of America and Volkswagen AG, its parent company. In addition to being an exceptional attorney, Kerri also has a degree in chemical engineering, which makes her particularly well suited for this type of case.
We are seeking nationwide class certification for all current owners, whether they purchased the vehicles new or used. It is our contention that, through its actions, Volkswagen has defrauded consumers, breached their contractual obligations, and violated Alabama’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act. We are seeking compensation, to include the resulting loss of value of the vehicles and anticipated additional fuel consumption costs, if and when they are modified to comply with the Clean Air Act, and punitive damages for Volkswagen’s conduct.