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The first of what will likely be many lawsuits has been filed against Volkswagen for diesel emissions fraud.

Girard Gibbs LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen, alleging that the German automaker intentionally installed software on diesel vehicles designed to cheat emissions tests. The firm states that Volkswagen allegedly admitted to federal regulators that its diesel vehicles are equipped with software designed to circumvent emissions tests, stating that the software detects when the vehicles are undergoing testing and automatically engages the vehicles’ pollution controls.

When the affected diesel vehicles are not being tested, the TDI models operate in a 'road calibration' mode that doesn’t use pollution controls.

In a statement the firm said it intends to, 'hold the auto manufacturer accountable for its unlawful conduct that tricked environment-conscious consumers to purchase ‘clean diesel’ vehicles that tested as low emission but in reality did little to protect the environment from air pollution.'

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Volkswagen diesel cars emit 10 to 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide.

'These Volkswagen vehicles should never have been sold, and certainly should not have spent the past six years on American roads polluting our air,' said Eric Gibbs, one of the founding partners of Girard Gibbs and the lead attorney on the case. 'It is critical that the civil justice system hold companies that engage in such conduct accountable. Not only does this kind of fraud harm consumers and the environment, it unfairly and negatively impacts competition, which is what drives our free market system. People should not stand for it.'
Read more about the Volkswagen Just Got Hit With a Class Action Lawsuit at AutoGuide.com.
 

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These boys knew it was unbelievably brazen to try to set the playing cards right in front of the All-Star players at the poker tournament! I wager they knew quite well that odds said they would get caught amid deck stack. But, sometimes folks can get tempted to do (or even locked in on) something uncharacteristically stupid. Most times good reason will prevail and you are glad that you had sense enough to 'check' yourself, but sometimes... you just do it anyway. SMH

What can they do, now? Smile sheepishly, and try to shrug it off. Nothing is gonna change the fact that this will be an expensive 18 months or so for Germany's favorite car company.

LOL It occurs to me that this whole incident might have gotten started in order to manufacture a platform to publicly complain about the R&D/production costs of getting these (especially diesel) engines to these ever stricter emission standards. Policy makers rarely realize the magnitude of problems inadvertently created when setting up increasingly stringent emission standards over so few years. At some point, it starts pushing what science can accomplish (and that means profits are long gone). As I understand this is why Caterpillar has curbed the presence of their engines in new Road Tractors here in the United States.
 
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