Volkswagen & Audi Dieselgate Vehicles Sold Before Sept. 18, 2015

DEFENDANT NAME: Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Audi of America LLC, Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC, Richard Dorenkamp, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Jens Hadler, Bernd Gottweis, OLiver Schmidt, Jurgen Peter
CASE NUMBER: 3:17-cv-04372
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 08/02/17
Steve W. Berman

Did you sell your CleanDiesel vehicle before news of the scandal broke on 9/18/15?

If you sold your VW/Audi CleanDiesel before 9/18/15, you may be entitled to compensation.

Hagens Berman believes that the roughly $17 billion in settlements that came from the Dieselgate litigation offered remedy to hundreds of thousands of owners, but failed to compensate many front-line victims of VW’s scheme – owners who unwittingly drove hyper-polluting cars for years, but had disposed of the cars before the scheme imploded. 

Those who sold their affected VW or Audi vehicles before Dieselgate news broke suffered some of the same harm as those who kept their vehicles throughout the litigation – sellers never received the performance and CleanDiesel advantage that VW marketed, and that they paid for.

Affected Vehicles

2.0-liter Models:
2012-15 VW Beetle TDI
2012-15 VW Beetle Convertible TDI
2010-15 VW Golf TDI
2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI
2009-15 VW Jetta TDI
2009-14 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI
2012-15 VW Passat TDI
2010-15 Audi A3 2.0L
3.0-liter Models:
2009-16 VW Touareg TDI 3.0L
2014-16 Audi A6 Quattro 3.0L
2009-16 Audi Q7 3.0L
2014-16 Audi A8 3.0L
2014-16 Audi A8L 3.0L
2014-16 Audi Q5 3.0L
2014-16 Audi A7 Quattro 3.0L

About VW's Emissions Fraud

The EPA determined that the software installed in these vehicles – called a “defeat device” – only turns on full emissions controls when the car is being tested, but otherwise shuts down emissions controls during normal operation.

The lawsuits filed against Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi state that during normal operation, these vehicles emit nitrogen oxides (NOx) at up to 40 times the standard allowed under United States laws and regulations, but these lawsuits only sought to compensate current owners, not those who owned affected CleanDiesel cars for years, but sold them before news of the scandal emerged.


Hagens Berman believes that all three consumer settlements achieved in the Dieselgate litigation have excluded tens of thousands of owners who rightfully deserve compensation for Volkswagen's deception. Vehicle owners who sold their cars before news of the scandal became public also suffered the same losses by being forced to drive highly polluting cars, and being deprived of the CleanDiesel car and performance that they paid for. 


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful auto litigation law firms in the U.S. and is presently leading nationwide cases against Volkswagen, GM, Mercedes and Fiat Chrysler for use of diesel emissions-cheating software. Our firm’s independent research outpaces even government agencies, and we are the only firm dedicating its own resources to uncovering new instances of fraud. Hagens Berman has also taken on other automakers on behalf of consumers throughout the United States for safety defects and negligence, and your claim will be handled by experts in automotive consumer law.


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