Prosecutors raid Audi offices in Germany in connection with emissions cheating investigation

by Jay Pate

German police raided Audi headquarters earlier this month in connection with allegations of emissions cheating against the company stemming from the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. The raid stemmed from an investigation into potential allegations of fraud and false advertising involving about 80,000 Audi diesel models sold in the U.S. between 2009 and 2015.

Audi has been accused of installing emissions cheat devices in thousands of diesel and gasoline models in the U.S. These cheat devices were designed to conceal the high emissions levels of Audi models during testing, making them appear to emit far lower levels of pollution than they would under normal driving conditions. In January 2018, Germany’s federal motor vehicles bureau and transportation ministry ordered Audi to fix more than 127,000 diesel vehicles that were equipped with the emissions cheating devices.

Authorities in Germany obtained a warrant to search Audi’s main office in Ingolstadt, located about 300 miles south of Berlin. Prosecutors also searched Audi’s manufacturing plant in Neckarsulm, as well as a private residence in connection with the investigation.

Prosecutors in Germany allege that Audi used emissions cheating software in order to conceal excess emissions in vehicles equipped with Audi’s V6 diesel engines. At least 14 people have been accused of wrongdoing in connection with a parallel investigation involving emissions cheating in the U.S. In addition to the allegations of fraud and false advertising connected with this investigation, prosecutors are also considering whether to impose fines on Audi executives in connection with the charges of emissions cheating.

Emissions Cheating Allegations Against Audi

The emissions cheating allegations against Audi first came to light in September 2015, when Volkswagen admitted that it had installed emissions cheating software on 11 million diesel vehicles, including thousands of Audi diesel models. Volkswagen later agreed to pay $14.7 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits filed over emissions cheating allegations stemming from the Dieselgate scandal.

In 2016, a class action lawsuit was filed against Audi accusing the company of emissions cheating on its gasoline-powered vehicles. The lawsuit alleged that Audi had installed emissions cheating software on its 2012-2016 A6, A7, A8, Q5, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 gasoline-powered models, and its 2012-2017 Q7 gasoline model.

Lawsuits Against Audi Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

In December 2017, the law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson filed lawsuits against Audi in connection with the allegations of gasoline emissions cheating against the company. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of owners of an Audi A6, A7, A8, and Q5 model equipped with a 3.0-liter or larger gasoline- engine and automatic transmission.

Consumers who own or lease one of the Audi models involved in these emissions cheating allegations may also qualify to file a lawsuit. For more information about lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson against Audi and to find out whether you may qualify to file a claim, contact our firm for a free legal consultation.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed emissions cheating lawsuits against Volkswagen, Audi, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler on behalf of drivers who were effected by emissions cheating on  the part of these companies. One of our firm’s partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in California that oversaw the $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen as part of the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) filed on behalf of VW and Audi diesel owners nationwide.

For a free legal consultation, contact 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 brief questions to get started.