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VW Supplier Pleads Guilty, Pays $35 Million Fine for Diesel Emissions Cheat

Volkswagen (VW) supplier IAV GmbH has pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge and agreed to pay a $35 million criminal fine for its role in developing the defeat devices for VW diesel engines that cheated U.S. emissions standards. Federal prosecutors said that Berlin, Germany-based IAV GmbH agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and VW’s U.S. customers by misleading them about whether certain VW and Audi diesel vehicles complied with federal emissions standards. IAV GmbH and its co-conspirators knew the vehicles did not meet U.S. emissions standards and worked with VW and ... Read More

States to Fight Pollution With Volkswagen Settlement Funds

U.S. States will soon have access to $2.7 billion of a Volkswagen settlement resulting from its use of emissions cheating devices in certain diesel vehicles, and that money may be invested in projects that promise to reduce pollution. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the state of Minnesota will receive a $47 million share of the Volkswagen settlement amount. Officials there are currently receiving proposals from a number of businesses and organizations urging that some of the funds be invested in various environmentally friendly projects and products. In June 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay the U.S. and automakers affected by ... Read More

Admitting Guilt For Its Emissions Cheat Shows VW Lied, Investors Claim

Volkswagen AG investors in a proposed class against the German automaker are seeking a partial summary judgment on certain claims involving the auto manufacturer’s emissions cheat, arguing the company acknowledged when it pleaded guilty to civil and criminal charges that it made false statements with intent to mislead. “Having accepted criminal liability for knowingly and fraudulently misrepresenting the ‘clean diesel’ vehicles’ ‘environmental friendliness,’ and emissions compliance, VW AG cannot credibly dispute that it misrepresented those same facts to investors, and did so with [full knowledge],” the investors claim, adding that “Discovery and further litigation on these undisputed points would be ... Read More

Volkswagen’s $1.22 Billion Repair and Buyback Plan Gets Preliminary Approval

A federal judge granted preliminary approval Feb. 14 to a $1.22 billion plan for German automaker Volkswagen to repair or buy back about 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. that are equipped with an emissions cheat that allows them to spew illegal levels of pollution. The deal follows an earlier agreement requiring Volkswagen to spend as much as $10.3 billion to fix or buy back nearly half a million 2.0-liter diesel vehicles equipped with the same emissions-cheating software that allows them to emit as much as 40 times the allowable limits of toxic air pollutants. U.S. Judge Charles Breyer ... Read More

New Rule Shields Auto Industry Whistleblowers From Retaliation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling employee retaliation complaints under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which took effect Dec. 14. Enacted in July 2012, MAP-21 protects employees of automobile manufacturers, auto part suppliers, and car dealerships who have been terminated or otherwise retaliated against for voicing concerns to their employer or to federal regulators over auto defects or violations of motor vehicle safety standards. In March, OSHA published an interim final rule and opened it to public comment. It met little resistance. The agency ... Read More

Major Investors Sue Volkswagen In German Court Over Emissions Cheat

A number of companies and organizations invested in Volkswagen are suing the automaker in a German Court for 3.25 billion euros ($3.57 billion) in damages, claiming the company’s emissions cheat and scandal has led to a significant drop in share value. The lawsuit, filed in the German regional court in Braunschweig, so far includes investors from the U.S. and 13 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.K. According to The New York Times, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is among the U.S. plaintiffs that have joined the suit. Kirchentellinsfurt, Germany-based attorney Andreas Tilp is ... Read More

VW Destroyed Emissions Cheat Documents, Whistleblower Alleges

Volkswagen began destroying evidence and obstructing investigations when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found the car maker had equipped its diesel-powered vehicles with an emissions cheat, a former employee alleges in a whistleblower lawsuit. Daniel Donovan, who was a technology employee in VW’s general counsel offices in Michigan, claims the company wrongfully terminated him on Dec. 6, 2015, after he refused to participate in destroying potentially incriminating documents and expressing his concerns to his supervisor. Mr. Donovan was responsible for electronic information management in VW injury and product liability cases. According to his lawsuit, VW destroyed documents over the ... Read More

Mercedes BlueTec under fire by lawsuit claiming emissions cheat device

A class-action lawsuit has been filed by the owner of a Mercedes BlueTEC diesel car, claiming the vehicle secretly emits illegally high amounts of nitrogen oxide (NOx). The situation is similar to that faced by Volkswagen, which publicly admitted last September to have rigged its U.S. diesel emissions tests. The plaintiff suing Mercedes alleges that the BlueTec cars feature a device responsible for disabling a NOx-reducing instrument within its exhaust as needed. The device only activates when the temperatures go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius. “Mercedes never disclosed to consumers that Mercedes diesels with BlueTEC engines may ... Read More

Feinberg Predicts Most VW Vehicle Owners Will Settle Through Compensation Fund

Volkswagen Claims Fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg said he is ready to start compensating owners of VW diesel vehicles affected by the automaker’s emissions cheat, predicting that most all of the nearly 600,000 owners would accept offers from the fund. However, Mr. Feinberg told a German newspaper that his “hands are tied” until VW leaders and U.S. environmental regulators have agreed on a plan to repair the vehicles. Mr. Feinberg has not yet disclosed what options VW owners will be given, as much of what the company offers pivots on an acceptable solution to the emissions cheat, which allows certain diesel ... Read More