Emissions Litigation

After playing a lead role in the record-breaking Volkswagen diesel emissions case, Hagens Berman has become a trailblazer in emissions fraud litigation, outpacing even federal agencies and authorities in unmasking fraud in emissions reporting. Our firm is the only law firm that has developed a system of independent research, including a team of dedicated scientists road-testing vehicles to uncover the next instance of emissions fraud that has blindsided consumers.

SIGN UP FOR AUTO DEFECT NEWS FROM HAGENS BERMAN:

When news broke in 2015 of Volkswagen’s massive diesel emissions-cheating scandal, Hagens Berman was the first firm in the nation to file suit against the automaker for its egregious fraud, going on to represent thousands of owners in litigation and take a leading role on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that would finalize a $14.7 billion, record-breaking settlement for owners. The firm also fought for hundreds of branded franchise dealerships who were blindsided by Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, left with parking lots full of affected diesels and no answers from VW. Hagens Berman's emissions litigation team secured a $1.67 billion settlement for dealers.

Since this case emerged, Hagens Berman has been on the forefront of this highly specialized realm of law, relying on our legal team’s steadfast and intensive investigative skills to unearth additional emissions-cheating schemes by other automakers, staying one step ahead of government regulators in our pursuit of car manufacturers that have violated emissions standards, regulations and consumer confidence.

The firm is uniquely dedicated to this cause, and is the only firm that has purchased an emission testing machine to determine if other diesel car manufacturers install similar cheating devices, bringing new cases based on the firm’s own research, time and testing. Hagens Berman’s managing partner, Steve Berman, has bolstered the firm’s unmatched dedication to upholding the rights of consumers and the environment, becoming a one-man EPA.

Unlike all of our competitors, Hagens Berman has uniquely dedicated its resources to uncovering cheating devices used by other automakers, and our work has led us to uncover emissions-cheating perpetrated by Audi, BMW, General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes, prompting multiple U.S. investigations. While other firms play catchup with a reactive approach, Hagens Berman has become a proactive pioneer, testing vehicles, effecting scientific evidence of new fraud and leading the pack against automakers who violate the law.

Our firm is no stranger to this role, and spares no expense to forge new cases where wrongdoing lies.

Emissions Litigation Cases and Investigations:

NAME DATE PRACTICE AREA(S) STATUS
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 Active
Chevy Cruze Diesel Emissions 07/07/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Emissions 12/01/16 Automotive Litigation, Consumer Rights, Emissions Litigation, Environmental 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
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
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 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Truck Emissions 01/10/18 Automotive Litigation, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
BMW X5 and 335d Diesel Emissions 03/27/18 Automotive Litigation, Emissions Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active

Emissions Litigation Resource Library:

VIEW ALL EMISSIONS RESOURCES

Why Select Hagens Berman?

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

Our Track Record

Our Track Record

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

No Cost to You Unless We Win

No Cost to You Unless We Win

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning the vehicle owners we represent pay nothing at all unless we win, and never pay out-of-pocket for our representation. Attorney fees are paid based on an industry percentage of overall settlement terms, allowing plaintiffs to reap the rewards.

Independent Research

Independent Research

We are the only firm dedicating time and attention to foster independent, ground-breaking research to uncover the next instance of emissions cheating. Our expert analysis outpaces that of government agencies, and no other firm matches our emissions litigation resources.

Dedication

Dedication

Each of our clients is presented with unmatched dedication from our legal team. Our attorneys are here to answer your questions, and make your needs a priority in navigating emissions cheating lawsuits against the country's largest automakers.

Emissions Litigation Blog Posts:

Auto News: Shipping Firms Emission Pollution

Shipping firms are preparing to invest billions of pounds into controversial machines that critics say will pump our oceans with polluted water. more »

Written November 14, 2018 Automotive, Emissions

Auto News: VW Diesel Scandal, Daimler

Volkswagen and an independent monitoring team still have "a lot of work to do" before the company's compliance procedures can be certified after a $27 billion global emissions cheating... more »

Written November 09, 2018 Automotive, Emissions

Auto News: VW Diesel, Tesla Autopilot Delays

Volkswagen goofed on the emissions fix for its outlaw 2.0 liter diesel engines in its 2012 - 14 Passat models, The Federal Trade Commission said Monday. more »

Written November 06, 2018 Automotive, Emissions

Auto News: Diesel Ban, VW Dieselgate, Bosch, Recalls

Petrol and diesel cars could be banned from some of the busiest streets in Britain under new plans outlined today. more »

Written November 02, 2018 Automotive, 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"

"I will reiterate that class counsel has demonstrated over many years, superior experience and capability in handling class actions of this sort."

— The Honorable Beth Labson Freeman, United States District Judge

Final Approval of Settlement Hearing for Dean Sheikh et al v. Tesla, Inc.

"...This result, which I think puts significant money into the pockets of all of the class members, is an excellent result. ...I’ve also looked at the skill and quality of counsel and the quality of the work... and find that to have been at a high level."

— The Honorable Beth Labson Freeman, United States District Judge

Final Approval of Settlement Hearing for Dean Sheikh et al v. Tesla, Inc.

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.

Plaintiff's Hot List Icon
100 Most Influential Lawyers Icon
Law Dragon Icon
Elite Trial Lawyers Icon
Most Powerful Attorney Icon
Super Lawyers Icon