Heygood Orr and Pearson representing over 1200 consumers who have elected to opt-out of the national VW class action settlements

by Charles Miller

Since the very beginning of the revelation of the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal, the lawyers at HOP have been working diligently to uncover the details of the scandal, to determine the identity of exactly which entities and individuals were involved in fraud, and  to bring justice to the consumers who were defrauded.

HOP partner Michael Heygood was appointed to the federal Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) managing the plaintiffs’ side of the federal litigation involving VW’s use of fraudulent defeat devices to conceal excess NOx emissions from its so-called “Clean Diesel” vehicles.  Mr. Heygood was one of only 22 lawyers selected for this prestigious PSC position from a pool of approximately 150 prominent applicants.  Mr. Heygood and other HOP attorneys helped secure a class action settlement of over $10 billion for defrauded consumers.

For the last year, HOP has been involved in representing consumers who elected to opt out of the class action settlement and pursue individual claims against VW.  HOP currently represents over 1200 consumers who are pursuing opt-out cases against VW.  HOP is representing opt-out plaintiffs with cases in the federal MDL, the California coordinated state proceeding, the Texas MDL, and the Virginia coordinated proceeding.  HOP is extremely active in each of these proceedings.

HOP has reviewed millions of pages of VW’s documents, deposed many of its key witnesses, served VW AG and Audi AG (the German VW companies involved in the emissions fraud) through the Hague, written numerous key legal briefs, and taken the lead in settlement negotiations.  HOP partner Charles Miller was recently appointed one of two liaison counsel to lead the California coordinated VW cases pending before Judge Mary Wiss in California Superior Court in San Francisco, California.

The VW vehicles that contain the defeat device include:

  • Audi A3 TDI, 2.0L (2010-2013 and 2015)
  • Audi A6 Quattro TDI, 3.0L (2014-2016)
  • Audi A7 Quattro TDI, 3.0L (2014-2016)
  • Audi A8 TDI, 3.0L (2014-2016)
  • Audi A8L TDI, 3.0L (2014-2016)
  • Audi Q5 TDI, 3.0L (2014-2016)
  • Audi Q7 TDI (2009-2015)
  • Porsche Cayenne Diesel, 3.0L (2013-2016)
  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2.0L (2009-2015)
  • Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, 2.0L (2009-2014)
  • Volkswagen Beetle TDI, 2.0L (2013-2015)
  • Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI, 2.0L (2013-2015)
  • Volkswagen Golf TDI, 2.0L (2010-2015)
  • Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI, 2.0L (2015)
  • Volkswagen Passat TDI, 2.0L (2012-2015)
  • Volkswagen Touareg TDI, 2.0L (2009-2016)

If you purchased or leased one of the VW, Audi, or Porsche diesel-powered vehicles involved in the Dieselgate recall, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson to learn more about your legal rights. For a free legal consultation, please call toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or follow this link to our free case evaluation form and answer a few simple questions to get started.


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by Charles Miller

Charles Miller is a licensed attorney and a partner at Heygood, Orr & Pearson. Charles focuses his practice on areas of complex commercial litigation and personal injury litigation.