Our Chicago lawyers are aware that a number of class action lawsuits developed seemingly overnight in the wake of recent revelations that Volkswagen cheated on vehicle emission and fuel consumption testing software as part of a scandal that has impacted more than 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Given that roughly one in 13 cars on the road today were manufactured by Volkswagen or one of its subsidiaries, it’s clear that many car owners in Chicago and nationwide are impacted by the German automaker’s emission-testing scandal.
The question is whether or not the wrongdoing you experienced can be adequately served by joining a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen.
On the one hand, class actions help illuminate and correct large-scale fraud.
On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for members of the effected class to receive relatively small damage amounts after the case has gone to trial, not to mention the fact that a class action might fail to illuminate the intricacies of your particular case.
Legal experts also are quick to point out that in a class action with the potential for impacting such large numbers of consumers, it’s common for government regulators to step in with a solution ahead of a trial.
Consider this: There are already reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will shift all new vehicle testing from controlled laboratories to more realistic road tests because many of the Volkswagen vehicles with faulty software successfully passed the EPA’s lab tests.
The best way to explore whether or not joining a Volkswagen class action is right for you is to contact one of the seasoned lawyers at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago for a case consultation: 1 (888) 517-9115.