Car manufacturer deceives consumers about eco-friendliness of vehicles

Location: Pinellas County, FL

Plaintiff: Confidential
Defendant: Volkswagen Diesel Emissions
Amount: Ongoing litigation
Alleged Injuries: Violation of the Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Violation of Florida's Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices Act, fraud, and unjust enrichment in a case where an auto manufacturer deceived consumers about the eco-friendliness of their vehicles

Description: After years of marketing and selling “Clean Diesel” vehicles, Volkswagen admitted to installing illegal software in its 2009-2015 diesel Jetta, Passat, Golf, Beetle, and Audi A3 vehicles designed to cheat federal and state emissions testing. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Second Notice of Violation regarding illegal software in Volkswagen’s 2014-2016 diesel Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. The resulting damages for VW, Audi, and Porsche owners include loss of value, inability to sell vehicles, reduced efficiency, and greatly increased eco footprints for vehicles advertised as “Clean Diesel” vehicles. Wilkes & McHugh attorneys represent several owners of affected vehicles in their claims against Volkswagen.

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