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Keller Rohrback advocates for Volkswagen consumers nationwide

Published 29 September 2015

Attorneys at Keller Rohrback have now filed five class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs in 29 states and Washington D.C. against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Germany-based Volkswagen AG on behalf of consumers across the nation.

Since 2009, Volkswagen has advertised to and sold consumers "clean" diesel cars when in fact these vehicles are more accurately described as "dirty" diesel cars. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these defeat device vehicles emit up to 40 times the legal limit of nitrous oxide, one of the leading causes of childhood asthma in the United States.

"Volkswagen has committed a bait and switch and our clients want what's fair," said Gretchen Freeman Cappio, a partner and experienced litigator at Keller Rohrback. "We've had over 3,000 people contact us since the EPA sent out a Notice of Violation and we are working to hold Volkswagen accountable for its deception."

Consumers paid a premium for TDI CleanDiesel vehicles, in some cases up to 31% more than a gasoline model, according to Keller Rohrback's lawsuit. Consumers who believed they were buying or leasing low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles, instead ended up with cars that pollute so much they break the law.

As stated in the complaints, "In sum, Volkswagen's deliberate strategy to value profit over the truth, human health, and the environment, has caused serious harm to consumers nationwide."