In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions lawsuit, and nearly monthly discoveries since then regarding other auto manufacturers that have used similar “cheat” devices to conceal their actual emissions, owners of diesel trucks and vehicles have been put on alert regarding their vehicles. In the Volkswagen case, the manufacturer was forced to buy back many of these vehicles because of the depreciation, reduced mileage and other damages caused to owners by illegally excessive emissions. This may, or likely will now repeat itself in the context of other vehicles that have used similar “cheat” devices.
The following is provided as an overview of the entire emissions lawsuit topic, and to reveal that these allegations are not “fake news” or governmental overreach, but instead are real issues that owners need to be aware of as class action emission lawsuits, and our individual cases brought on behalf of owners move forward. It is very possible and indeed likely, any class action emissions lawsuit filed in connection with your vehicle may limit your options, and there is not much time for you to decide what you want for your claim before your rights are limited by the class action settlement.
There are three major emissions lawsuit cases that we are working to help owners with. Each has an existing class action filing moving through the courts. It is extremely common for class action settlements to automatically include all owners, which means that owners of these vehicles will find themselves technically in an emissions lawsuit whether they realize it or not. What you have to decide is whether you want to automatically accept what a class action law firm has decided is a fair outcome for you, or if instead you would prefer to pursue your own individual emissions lawsuit with the right to refuse offers and determine for yourself what the proper compensation is for these issues. In many ways it comes down to a simple choice — do you want to decide for yourself what is proper compensation, or do you want the manufacturer and the class action lawyers to determine that for you? All of our clients have preferred to make that decision by themselves and reject any class action settlement.
Our law firm, Stern Law PLLC has been representing the rights of consumers harmed by defective products for more than 35 years. We represent owners of the vehicles involved in the EcoDiesel litigation whom have opted out of the class action settlement and instead pursue direct litigation against Fiat Chrysler through our firm (see our complaint here).
When it comes to understanding a pending class action emissions claim involving BMW and FCA EcoDiesel vehicles (and your alternative right to sue these manufacturers in an individual emissions lawsuit), there’s a wide range of different facts and timelines to be aware of. To help you navigate the topics relevant to your vehicle and ensure that you are able to make a knowledgeable and fully informed decision regarding a potential emissions lawsuit, we have created separate pages dedicated to each of these legal matters:
Volkswagen is not the only manufacturer to face heavy scrutiny for excessive emissions. With the proposed FCA EcoDiesel class action settlement now awaiting final approval by the Court, thousands of owners contacted our firm to pursue individual emissions lawsuit claims. Our law firm, Stern Law PLLC has been representing the rights of consumers harmed by defective products for more than 35 years. We represent owners of the vehicles involved in the EcoDiesel litigation whom have opted out of the class action settlement and instead pursue direct litigation against Fiat Chrysler through our firm (see)
Volkswagen and American auto manufacturers are not the only parties accused of using defeat devices in diesel vehicles. BMW is now being sued in court for alleged software concealing the actual emissions in their vehicles. For owners of 2009-13 X5 Diesel and 2009-11 335d vehicles, the time to file an emissions lawsuit may be limited. It is critical that you explore your rights if you own one of these vehicles and get the process started for your claim. Otherwise, a class action lawsuit could limit your rights without you even knowing it.
You may have a wide range of questions or concerns about what goes into an emissions lawsuit for your vehicle. Rest assured our firm has the experience and the personnel to help you better understand your rights. We have helped thousands of people preserve their rights in cases involving cars or trucks; it is critical that if you are an owner of a vehicle subject to an emissions investigation that you protect your rights to file an emissions lawsuit!
Ready to get started with an emissions lawsuit? Questions? Contact our offices today by filling out an online contact form or calling us at (844) 808-7529 today!
Important Notice: The preceding information represents the opinions and views of Stern Law, PLLC. Despite our opinions and views expressed above, and because every case is different, nothing here can or should be understood to represent a guarantee of success or that every owner will always do better by opting out and suing the manufacturer directly. Instead, the preceding information represents the opinions and views of Stern Law, PLLC that should be thoughtfully considered by you. Questions concerning the terms of the class settlement can be directed to class counsel.