Category Archives: litigation

Lawsuit Alleges Emissions Cheating in GM Duramax Diesel Engines

The suit also names Bosch as a defendant, adding that “GM did not act alone.” Bosch developed, manufactured, and tested the Electronic Diesel Control unit that allowed GM to implement the defeat devices, according to the suit. Bosch control units are found in almost all the vehicles found or alleged to have been manipulating emissions, including Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler and Chevrolet. Continue reading

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Life Sentences for Maruti Suzuki Workers

The contentious case in India’s notoriously biased courts backed up by violent police forces that favor ownership and the rich, stems from a violent incident at Maruti Suzuki on 18 July 2012 that resulted in the death of a manager. Continue reading

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Recurrent Airbag Recalls Continue to Plague Automakers – Latest at Ford, Nissan, Porsche, Volvo

A reinvigorated NHTSA along with automakers who now know all too well of the large fines and charges – civil and criminal – as well as lawsuits that derive from stonewalling safety defects has resulted in a seemingly unending list of safety recalls that occur almost daily. Continue reading

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Ford Settles Navistar Diesel Class Action in Canada

During the warranty period (60,000 kilometers or 3 years and 100,000 kilometers or 5 years), the plaintiffs say Ford would refuse to authorize necessary major engine repairs or engine replacements, instead only offering cheaper services, such as injector replacements) knowing that they would merely serve as a temporary measure until the warranty expired. Continue reading

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Dieselgate: Volkswagen Cuts Deal with FTC and Plaintiffs

Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to approximately $1.2 billion in benefits for the 3-liter plea bargain, assuming 100% participation in the program, a 100% buyback of all eligible so-called Generation 1 vehicles and availability of an Emissions Compliant Repair for Generation 2 vehicles. Continue reading

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Dieselgate: Bosch Plea-Bargain for Dirty Engines

The dieselgate plea bargain – and it looks like a real bargain – requires the approval by Judge Charles R. Breyer, who conducts the nationwide multi-district proceedings in which numerous civil law actions have been combined. Continue reading

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Distracted Driving: Class Action Suit Over Apple iPhones

MLG Automotive Law filed a class action lawsuit against Apple to enjoin the company from selling iPhones until it installs texting and driving safeguards. Continue reading

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SEC Charges GM with GAAP Violations on Ignition Switches

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged General Motors (NYSE: GM) with GAAP  violations and GM  has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty over deadly ignition swiches. This deal settles charges that deficient internal accounting controls prevented the GM … Continue reading

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Takata Pleads Guilty of Falsifying Data on Airbag Shrapnel

Takata has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice – DOJ – whereby it will plead guilty for falsifying airbag testing data and reports that were provided to automakers. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Pleads Guilty on Felony Charges in Dieselgate

Volkswagen AG will plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty because of the company’s long-running Dieselgate caper that sold ~590,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. using a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests. Continue reading

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CARB, CDOJ Whack VW for Another $66 Million in Ongoing Dieselgate Scam

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Justice today announced a partial Dieselgate consent decree for violations of the Clean Air Act caused by a “defeat device” in 3-liter diesel crossover SUVs sold by Volkswagen, Audi … Continue reading

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NHTSA Hastens Replacements of Deadly Takata Air Bags

There are currently 46 million recalled Takata air bag inflators in 29 million vehicles in the United States. A combination of time, environmental moisture and cycling high temperatures contribute to the degradation of the ammonium nitrate propellant in the inflators. Such degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, rupturing the inflator module and sending shrapnel through the air bag and into the vehicle’s cabin. Continue reading

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VW Diesel Emissions Settlements – Wisconsin Tax Rules

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has issued guidance on the sales tax implications of the VW and Audi diesel emission fraud settlements. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Passat GT Concept at Automobility LA

Year-to date diesel emissions defeat-device Volkswagen sales are at 256,047 (-13.09%) with the Passat at 59,320 for a -17.4% drop. The German automaker is strapped for cash, hence the trim package on an aging design. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Dumps FIA World Rally Championship

Both FIA sanctioned racing series were ruinously expensive. Now VW is facing seemingly unending expenses in the dieselgate matter. More criminal charges are also under investigation. A proposed new customer racing program and the extension of existing ones will cut costs, and might even make money. Continue reading

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