Porsche diesel owners seek separate MDL to oversee emissions cheating lawsuits against Volkswagen

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by Michael Heygood

Lawyers representing Porsche owners whose vehicles were involved in the recent Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal argued in court this month that these cases should be consolidated in a separate multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Georgia. The Porsche diesel owners say that they believe they can have their claims heard faster if they are separated from the Volkswagen MDL already underway in California.

At a hearing in Fort Meyers, Florida, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard arguments from lawyers for owners of Porsche vehicles equipped with 3-liter diesel engines that were equipped with an emissions “defeat device” by Volkswagen. In September 2015, VW admitted that it had equipped 11 million vehicles worldwide—including 580,000 in the U.S.—with a software defeat device intended to conceal the high pollution levels of these vehicles from authorities.

Testifying before the Judicial Panel on MDLs, lawyers representing the Justice Department said that it opposed creating a separate litigation for Porsche owners in addition to the Volkswagen MDL in California. Justice Department lawyers argued that because the factual issues with the Porsche diesel models are exactly the same as those involved in the Volkswagen MDL, it makes no sense to separate these cases into an additional litigation.

Initially, Volkswagen only admitted that VW and Audi models equipped with a “TDI Clean Diesel” engine were involved in the emissions recall. However, two months after the company admitted to its role in the Dieselgate scandal, EPA officials announced that they had uncovered additional vehicles involved in VW’s emissions cheating, including the Porsche Cayenne Diesel.

Hundreds of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel owners have filed lawsuits against VW, accusing the company of lying to consumers about the performance and environmental-friendliness of these vehicles. Volkswagen has announced that it will recall the vehicles equipped with the defeat device in order to bring them into compliance with the Clean Air Act and other environmental regulations. However, these repairs will likely mean a drastic reduction in the performance and value of these models for vehicle owners.

Lawsuits Filed Against Volkswagen by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

If you purchased or leased a Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche model involved in the VW emissions cheating scandal, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to secure the services of an attorney with the knowledge and experience in handling class action and product liability litigation to help guide you through the process of filing a case.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has already filed lawsuits against Volkswagen over the Dieselgate scandal. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was recently named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Volkswagen MDL already underway. Mr. Heygood and the other attorneys at our firm expect to remain involved in the lawsuits against Volkswagen throughout the litigation process as we work to achieve a fair resolution to these claims on behalf of our clients.

If you purchased or leased a Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche vehicle equipped with a diesel-powered engine, you may be eligible to take legal action. For a free legal consultation about your case and to learn more about whether you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the law offices of Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few short questions about your case to get started.