Opt-Out Date is April 14, 2017—Contact Us Right Away
We are seeking clients to opt out of the VW class-action lawsuit and instead file individually for a much larger settlement.
If you own a VW, Audi, or Porsche, you probably have already heard about the massive scandal unfolding as the world learns about Volkswagen’s fraud. In fact, you may have already been contacted by VW (maker of the aforementioned cars) regarding your ability to gain compensation if you own or owned an eligible car.
VW has admitted wrong and agreed to pay out in a class action lawsuit at an undetermined amount. However, if you were affected by VW’s disreputable actions then you should highly consider opting-out of the class action and instead file an individual lawsuit with the help of independent council.
The cutoff date is approaching fast, so if this is something you would consider, contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA right away. The deadline is April 14, 2017, but we need to hear from you in time to file the paperwork.
Why is there a VW class-action lawsuit?
In September 2015, the EPA announced that Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, was in violation of the Clean Air Act—major violation. That’s because VW intentionally installed devices on their cars to trick EPA emissions testing for their supposedly clean-burning diesel engines.
Their fraudulent measures allowed their cars to pass emission standards in a lab environment; but once they were out in the real world, they produce up to 40 times more carbon than the allowable limit.
This was no accident or oversight, this was full-scale fraud that would have had to been planned, designed, and discussed in length.
Now, consumers are being damaged by the plummeting value of their (once) expensive automobile. When a massively profitable corporation takes advantage of everyday consumers in such a deceitful way, they deserve to pay for their actions. And the courts feel the same way.
Why is the VW fraud case a big deal?
This case is about intentional deception on a criminal level, corporate greed, and environmental protection. In fact, some estimates say that VW’s actions will emit one million tons of extra carbon into the atmosphere, putting the world’s inhabitants at a greater risk for respiratory disease and causing significant environmental impact.
VW went above and beyond to create this deception, all with the goal of increasing their profits at the expensive of the everyday consumer. They clearly didn’t care how this would affect every day people who are working hard to put food on the table and clothes on their kids.
What damages did VW cause?
Volkswagen’s fraud and deceit means that you now own a car that nobody is going to want—dramatically affecting its value. It means that the car you bought for its higher performance, great fuel mileage, and future value has now plummeted in these key areas. VW’s recall may offer to fix your vehicle, but who would want this “fix” since it will lower performance, reduce fuel mileage, and decrease the vehicle’s value. The simple fact is, there solutions are just not enough.
There is also the matter of punitive damages against VW.
VW took advantage of the hardworking people who bought their car. They did so in an act of fraud that had no regard for the negative consequences to their loyal customers. And it turns out courts are not so kind to greedy corporations who take advantage of the American public.
What cars are eligible?
The entire VW scandal has affected over 11 million cars worldwide and upwards of 500,000 in the United States. However a settlement has already been reached for consumers with 2.0 liter vehicles, but now it’s time for consumer with 3.0 liters to get their chance. The following cars are eligible for the lawsuit:
- Audi A6 Quattro (model years 2014 – 2016)
- Audi A7 Quattro (model years 2014 – 2016)
- Audi A8L (model years 2014 – 2016)
- Audi A8 (model years 2014 – 2016)
- Audi Q5 (model years 2014 – 2016)
- Audi Q7 (model years 2009 – 2015)
- Volkswagen Touareg (model years 2009 – 2016)
- Porsche Cayenne (model years 2013 – 2016)
*Again, this offer is only for 3.0L vehicles.
Why file individually vs class action against VW?
The three main reasons you should opt out of the VW class-action lawsuit are: time, money, and attention.
VW is trying desperately to make up for their mistakes and to be transparent. But they are also doing far too little to make this right for the average consumer (they even offered a measly $1,000 gift card, half of which had to be used at a VW dealership). .
Of course, the US government will win big when it comes to fees and fines, but what about you?
We think you have a better chance filing an individual lawsuit against VW in order to increase your potential payout. In a class action, you will have to split the award with tens-of-thousands of other consumers. If you sue VW directly, you will not.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA believes that the argument for punitive damages in this case is very strong. Punitive damage is money paid in order to punish a company for willfully committing harm; in this case, there is no doubt VW’s actions were deliberate. Punitive damages, in addition to damage to vehicle worth, could make the value of an individual lawsuit exceed $350,000. This number comes from a reliable predictor–the state cap on punitive damages. In fact, we are comfortable saying that every one of these VW lawsuits, if filed individually, is worth in excess of $350k.
Additionally, opting out of the class action suit will allow you to receive your money quicker. It’s no secret that fighting a case this big, reaching a settlement, and then getting actual money to 600,000 consumers will take a long time. In fact, it is likely to take many years. With an individual lawsuit, you can see that money in a much timelier manner.
Finally, we believe that an individual case will allow you more control over the outcome, rather than being subject to a mass lawsuit’s red tape. Filing individually will also allow for greater attention to detail, and hopefully as a result, a much larger settlement.
There is massive potential in this VW lawsuit. The corporation has admitted wrongdoing, damages are well documented, and case precedent is in your favor. Take advantage of this trifecta of opportunity.
But you need to act immediately as the deadline is fast approaching. The opt-out date is April 14, 2017. Call Dolman Law today at 727-451-6900 and we will schedule you for a free consultation right away.