Todd A. Smith, Carolyn Daley Scott, and Brian LaCien of Power Rogers &
Smith were involved in the filing of a complaint in the Northern District
of Illinois, Eastern Division seeking nationwide class action status to
represent 500,000 estimated individuals across the country who may have
been defrauded by Volkswagen Group of America.
Smith, who is currently serving as co-lead counsel in Takata airbag litigation
that is currently pending in the Southern District of Florida, says that
Brian and Kristen Hellweg, whom the complaint was filed on behalf of,
purchased a Volkswagen SportWagen vehicle under the assumption that it
would provide the best possible diminishment of pollutants. Recent accusations
Volkswagen officials recently admitted that some of its diesel cars were
programmed to detect when emissions were subject to testing so that vehicle
equipment could reduce emissions during this time. At other times, when
the vehicles weren’t having their emissions tested, they produced
up to 40 times the approved amount of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. According
11 million cars worldwide are affected by the diesel deception.
The complaint describes a “defeat device,” which Volkswagen
allegedly implemented into its vehicles’ software to deceive the
Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions testing. The attorneys
at Power Rogers & Smith see this scandal as similar to what may have
happened with the Takata airbags. Takata and various vehicle manufacturers
are facing accusations that they knew about the issue for years but never
admitted it to the public.
Volkswagen vehicles that were affected include: Passat, Jetta, Golf and
Beetle cars, and the Audi A3. If you have any interest in discussing this
matter with our firm, please call (312) 313-0202 today or fill out a
free and confidential review form.
You can also view the press release here.