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.
|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|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General Court of the EU orders reversal to decision that allowed carmakers to exceed emissions limits by up to 110 per cent during on-road tests more »Written December 14, 2018 Automotive, Emissions
When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to emit more pollution, automakers, the obvious winners from the proposal, balked. more »Written December 13, 2018 Automotive, Emissions
Volkswagen has denied allegations that Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch knew about the carmaker's emissions test cheating almost three months before U.S. authorities made it public in September... more »Written December 10, 2018 Automotive, Emissions
Several European countries have either ordered vehicle recalls by carmakers over diesel emissions cheating or plan to do so, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported without citing sources. more »Written December 03, 2018 Automotive, Emissions
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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.