Automotive Litigation

Hagens Berman's automotive litigation team has been named a 2016 Practice Group of the Year by Law360, highlighting its "eye toward landmark matters and general excellence," in this area of law.

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In litigating cases we strive to make an impact for a large volume of consumers, especially those who fall victim to the gross negligence and oversight of some of the nation’s largest entities: automakers. Hagens Berman has doubled-down on its core mission in regards to the auto industry, an area wrought with negligence and disregard for the millions of vehicle owners who trust the seatbelts, ignition switches, airbags and brakes in the cars they drive will not fail them.

Hagens Berman’s Steve Berman was appointed co-lead counsel in the massive MDL alleging that Toyota vehicles contained a defect causing sudden, unintended acceleration – In re: Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration MDL and secured the largest automotive litigation settlement in history, at that time – a $1.6 billion settlement, one that Judge Selna called, “extraordinary because every single dollar in the cash fund will go to claimants.”

This victory spurred the firm to continue to achieve tremendous victories for classes of consumers, going above the mark to ensure that settlements are not only fair and adequate in making plaintiffs whole, but that they are used in the most efficient and advantageous ways to effect change in the auto industry.

The firm was also named to a leadership position in the class-action lawsuit brought against Volkswagen on behalf of tens of thousands of owners and lessors of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles containing VW’s illegal “defeat device” emissions-cheating software, and was the first to file a lawsuit against VW regarding the Dieselgate scandal. Fast on the heels of this litigation, the firm is also spearheading a similar suit against Mercedes, for its deceptive marketing that duped consumers into paying high prices for Mercedes BlueTEC vehicles, which in real world testing pollute at illegally high levels.

Hagens Berman has also taken a stand against General Motors, serving as co-lead counsel on behalf of consumers who suffered series of recalls following the installment of faulty ignition switches, which led to more than 100 fatalities and countless injuries across the country. This pending action isn’t the firm’s first bout with GM. Hagens Berman also served as co-lead counsel on behalf of General Motors ERISA plan participants and their beneficiaries, resulting in a $37.5 million settlement.

The firm has filed suit against BMW for concealing a defect in its i3 REx model electric cars that causes them to suddenly and without warning lose speed and power mid-drive, putting drivers and passengers at risk of crash and injury.  This sudden loss of power leaves drivers unable to maintain a safe speed and is especially dangerous on highways, or when driving uphill. The firm is seeking to hold BMW accountable for this safety hazard that it was aware of but failed to correct.

In 2012, Hagens Berman began litigation against automakers Hyundai and Kia for overstating the fuel efficiency for many of the vehicles sold to U.S. consumers. In August of 2014, Hagens Berman attorneys secured a $255 million settlement for owners of affected vehicles.

The impact of these cases, however, goes even beyond the amounts awarded to consumers. Hagens Berman strives to impact the industry’s practices as well. Whenever possible the firm seeks to craft settlements that entail long-lasting benefits to the public as a whole and also serve as punishment to help deter future fraud in the auto industry. Our notable automotive settlements include a $30 million to fund automotive safety research and driver education.

Automotive Litigation Cases and Investigations:

NAME DATE PRACTICE AREA(S) STATUS
Ford MyFord Touch 07/15/13 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Ford Spark Plugs 06/15/11 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Settled
General Motors 12/17/15 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Hyundai / Kia Fuel Efficiency 11/02/12 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Hyundai Tiburon 11/25/13 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Kia Motors Gas Tank Defect 11/13/13 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Kia Soul Products Liability 08/20/13 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Personal Injury Litigation, Products Liability Active
General Motors ERISA 05/13/05 Automotive Litigation, Employment Litigation, Investor Fraud, Pension Protection Settled
Hyundai Air Bags 11/06/09 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Settled
Toyota Sudden, Unintended Acceleration (SUA) 03/15/10 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Settled
Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche Diesel Emissions Scandal 09/18/15 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Settled
Mercedes BlueTEC Emissions 02/18/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
VW Franchise Dealerships 04/06/16 Automotive Litigation, Emissions Litigation Settled
Chevy Cruze Diesel Emissions 07/07/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
BMW i3 REx 05/26/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Emissions 12/01/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
Fiat Chrysler (Jeep) Gear Shifter Rollaway Defect 06/23/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Acura HandsFreeLink Defect 06/22/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Fiat Chrysler Franchise Dealerships 01/12/16 Automotive Litigation Active
Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Emissions 12/01/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
Dodge RAM 2500 and 3500 Emissions 11/14/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
Audi Emissions Cheating 11/08/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Overheating 03/22/17 Automotive Litigation Active
Chevy Silverado Duramax Diesel 2500HD & 3500HD Emissions 05/25/17 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel 2500 HD & 3500 HD Emissions 05/25/17 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
Corvette Z06 Overheating 06/13/17 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Volkswagen & Audi Dieselgate Vehicles Sold Before Sept. 18, 2015 08/02/17 Automotive Litigation, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
Dodge RAM 2500/3500 SCR Defect 07/03/17 Automotive Litigation, Emissions Litigation Active
Ford Lug Nut Defect 08/24/17 Automotive Litigation Active
Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Truck Emissions 01/10/18 Automotive Litigation, Emissions Litigation Active
BMW X5 and 335d Diesel Emissions 03/27/18 Automotive Litigation, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active

Automotive Litigation Resource Library:

Hagens Berman is a plaintiffs’ class-action law firm that helps victims of auto accidents, sports injuries, defective products, dangerous drugs and business fraud pursue their legal rights. We take on large corporations for negligence and fraud, and hold them accountable.
 
Our attorneys are champions of consumer rights. The size or clout of the corporations we pursue is never a deterrent to our pursuit for justice. Over the years, we have built the resources we need to thoroughly investigate these personal injury and product defect cases, and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Our work is consistently recognized for industry excellence.

Why Select Hagens Berman?

Selecting an automotive litigation attorney will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
When searching for an attorney to represent you in an automotive case,
you want a firm with deep knowledge and a record of success.

Stellar Reputation

Stellar Reputation

Hagens Berman fights with the creativity and tenacity to continue to raise the bar and take on every case with the goal of achieving the best outcome for the largest group of individuals.

No Cost to You Until We Win

No Cost to You Until We Win

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning the victims we represent pay nothing at all unless we win. Attorney fees are paid based on an industry percentage of overall settlement terms, allowing plaintiffs to reap the rewards.

Real Results

Real Results

We achieve results, and our track record proves it. While many class-action or individual plaintiff cases result in large legal fees and no meaningful result for the client, Hagens Berman finds ways to return real value.

Dedication

Dedication

At the basis of all that motivates Hagens Berman is our mission for corporate reform. It’s through our work that we continue to uphold and fight for the rights of those most vulnerable to corporate greed and negligence.

Automotive Litigation Blog Posts:

Auto News: VW, Autonomous Vehicles, Audi Recall

Audi is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the electric coolant pumps can overheat and possibly cause a fire. more »

Written April 24, 2018 Emissions

Auto News: VW Recall, Emissions Scandal

Federal regulators are intensifying an investigation into whether a 2015 recall by Volkswagen covered enough vehicles and fixed a problem that could prevent the driver's airbag from... more »

Written April 23, 2018 Emissions, Environmental

Auto News: Fiat Chrysler, DOJ Settlement Talks

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is in advanced settlement talks with the U.S. Justice Department and California Air Resources Board over accusations that the company illegally used software... more »

Written April 11, 2018 Emissions

Auto News: Volkswagen Set to Oust CEO

Volkswagen was set on Tuesday to oust Matthias Müller as chief executive as it grapples with a long-running diesel emissions scandal that has cost it billions of dollars, led to the... more »

Written April 10, 2018 Emissions

"Hagens Berman, one of the preeminent class action
firms in the U.S., is leading the charge..."

— Bloomberg

"Elon Musk Was Wrong About Self-Driving Teslas"

"...the track record of Hagens Berman['s] Steve Berman is...impressive, having racked...a $1.6 billion settlement in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation and a substantial number of really outstanding big-ticket results."

— Milton I. Shadur, Senior U.S. District Judge

Naming Hagens Berman Interim Class Counsel in Stericycle Pricing MDL

"I would not believe anything until I'd seen it from HB."

— Sandy L., class member

In re Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation

"I accepted the VW settlement offer and the funds were transferred to my account today! Very seamless and fast. Thank you again for fighting on our behalf and, most importantly, for the health and safety of our communities."

— Alicia M.

VW Emissions Client

"Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a heavy hitter who
led negotiations with Toyota in the sudden acceleration litigation that ended in a $1.6 billion settlement."

— Law.com

"Corvette Class Action Revs Up in Miami Federal Court"

Recent Recognition:

Hagens Berman is a plaintiffs’ class-action law firm that helps victims of auto accidents, sports injuries, defective products, dangerous drugs and business fraud pursue their legal rights. We take on large corporations for negligence and fraud, and hold them accountable.
 
Our attorneys are champions of consumer rights. The size or clout of the corporations we pursue is never a deterrent to our pursuit for justice. Over the years, we have built the resources we need to thoroughly investigate these personal injury and product defect cases, and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Our work is consistently recognized for industry excellence.

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