Keller Rohrback Files Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen

November 12, 2015

Keller Rohrback Files Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen


Tuesday night, attorneys from Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed a lawsuit on behalf of 14 people in 10 states, against automaker Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (“Volkswagen”) for selling and leasing Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars equipped with unlawful “defeat devices.” People who own or lease those cars are understandably outraged. As explained in Keller Rohrback’s lawsuit, the cars Plaintiffs purchased “are not environmentally friendly, ‘clean’ diesels. Instead, they are dirty diesels – cars that pollute so much that they violate state and federal environmental protection laws.” The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has said the “defeat device” cars are emitting nitrous oxide, a dangerous pollutant, at levels 10 to 40 times what is allowed under the law.  

Thus, while Volkswagen consumers believed they were buying or leasing environmentally friendly and fuel efficient “clean” diesel cars, in fact, they were misled by Volkswagen. The affected cars pollute more, and because of Volkswagen’s deception, are worth less.  

According to the EPA, the affected models and model years (“MY”) include:  

• Jetta (MY 2009 – 2015) 
• Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
• Beetle (MY 2012 – 2015) 
• Beetle Convertible (MY 2012-2015)
• Audi A3 (MY 2010 – 2015) 
• Golf (MY 2010 – 2015) 
• Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
• Passat (MY 2012-2015)

Keller Rohrback, a leading consumer protection firm, filed one of the first lawsuits against Volkswagen related to the defeat device vehicles. Since then hundreds of concerned consumers from around the country have contacted Keller Rohrback to find out what they can do to help ensure that Volkswagen is held responsible for its actions. This means forcing Volkswagen to compensate consumers and fix the polluting cars.

If you or a family member owns or leases any of the affected vehicles described above, or if you are concerned that your vehicle may be affected, please call attorneys Gretchen Freeman CappioMatthew Preusch, Ryan McDevitt, or Daniel Mensher at 866.560.4043 or via email at to discuss our investigation and your potential claims against Volkswagen. 

Check out the Keller Rohrback Volkswagen Diesel Resource Center 

Keller Rohrback L.L.P., with offices in Seattle, Phoenix, New York, and Santa Barbara, serves as lead and co-lead counsel in class actions throughout the country. Our Complex Litigation Group is proud to offer its expertise to clients nationwide, and our trial lawyers have obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of seven billion dollars.