Leading Consumer Rights Firm Hagens Berman Joins with Global Litigation Powerhouse Quinn Emanuel to Remedy Massive VW Fraud

SEATTLE & LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consumer-rights firm Hagens Berman has joined forces with Quinn Emanuel,
the world’s largest business litigation firm, to take on Volkswagen, the
world’s biggest auto manufacturer. The two firms are today filing a
class-action complaint in federal court in Los Angeles against
Volkswagen and its U.S. subsidiary for cheating emissions tests, falsely
advertising its vehicles and defrauding consumers. This comprehensive
action is the first in the nation filed on behalf of affected VW
customers with class representatives from each of the 50 states and the
District of Columbia.

This is the fourth suit Hagens Berman has filed arising from the
emissions scandal. The lawsuits allege VW has for years intentionally
employed a software “defeat device” that allows its CleanDiesel vehicles
to pass state and national emissions tests despite releasing nitrogen
oxides during normal use at rates up to 40 times higher than legal

Steve Berman, Hagens Berman’s managing partner explained, “We expect a
hard fought litigation on many fronts across the globe. Our goal is to
achieve the best possible outcome for our clients and the class.”

He added, “Quinn Emanuel will help us accomplish that. Like Hagens
Berman, they know how to win. Quinn Emanuel has secured verdicts and
settlements totaling more than $42 billion – including a $1.1 billion
settlement with Volkswagen. Quinn Emanuel provides the additional
advantage of offices in Germany staffed by German litigators, as well as
lawyers with relevant technical degrees.”

John B. Quinn, Quinn Emanuel’s managing partner, said, “We look forward
to pursuing these claims with Hagens Berman. We want to ensure that
owners of affected vehicles will be compensated for VW’s massive fraud.”

Berman added, “VW CleanDiesel owners are mad as hell. They feel
deceived. Volkswagen has been defrauding hundreds of thousands of car
purchasers for years. Now it’s time VW faces the music.” Berman achieved
a $1.7 billion settlement from Toyota in the Sudden Unintended
Acceleration Litigation and has successfully litigated and resolved
other nationwide auto-defect cases. He was included in the National Law
Journal’s 2014 and 2015 lists of Elite Trial Lawyers, with a 2015
nomination in the Motor Vehicles category.

Hagens Berman has received thousands of inquiries from aggrieved
Volkswagen owners. According to the EPA, Volkswagen installed its
deceptive software, called a “defeat device,” in at least the following
CleanDiesel models of its vehicles: Jetta (model years 2009 – 2015),
Beetle (model years 2009 – 2015), Audi A3 (model years 2009 – 2015),
Golf (model years 2009 – 2015) and Passat (model years 2012 – 2015). Join
the class-action lawsuits against Volkswagen
 if you have an
affected model. Please visit Hagens Berman’s website: http://www.hbsslaw.com/vw
and complete the registration form. If you have unanswered questions, contact
our legal team now

So far, Volkswagen has left its customers in the dark. It has provided
owners no guidance about what owners should do with the cars, which may
not be legal to operate until the emissions are EPA compliant, according
to attorneys at Hagens Berman. Owners’ calls to dealers have gone
unanswered or are answered with “we don’t know.”

Hagens Berman

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a
consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices in 10 cities. The
firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List
eight times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com.
Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.

Quinn Emanuel

Quinn Emanuel is a 700-lawyer business litigation
firm. With 18 offices globally, it is the largest law firm in the world
devoted solely to business litigation. Firm lawyers have tried over
2,300 cases, winning 88.2% of them. Four times the firm has been voted
one of the four “most feared” firms by General Counsels at Fortune 500
companies — the lawyers they “least like to see” on the other side.
Further information is available at www.quinnemanuel.com.


Hagens Berman
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