New Canada-wide Class Action Launched in Court Today
VANCOUVER, Sept. 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Merchant Law Group LLP, with its ten offices across Canada, is launching national class action litigation against Volkswagen regarding the massive Volkswagen diesel vehicle emissions scandal.
VW had marketed its diesel-powered cars as being better for the environment. The EPA indicates the VW cars under investigation seemed to pass emissions tests, but in the real world, were actually emitting up to 40 times the national standard for nitrogen oxide, which is linked to asthma and lung illnesses.
A B.C. Supreme Court Class Action was filed today with the Court in Vancouver against Volkswagen, and similar lawsuits are being filed in the coming days by Merchant Law Group lawyers from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, as part of this Canada-wide class action litigation.
In Canada, the affected diesel models include:
- The VW Jetta — from 2009-15.
- The VW Golf — from 2010-15.
- The VW Beetle — from 2013-15.
- The VW Passat — from 2012-15.
- The VW Golf Wagon/Sportwagon — from 2009-15.
Volkswagen Canada has stopped sales of many of its diesel vehicles following revelations last week that VW had rigged emissions tests for approximately 500,000 diesel cars.
The stop-sale order came three days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that half a million diesel-powered VWs had been programmed to bypass emission controls, except during emissions tests.
"I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public," Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a weekend statement.
"Volkswagen vehicle owners who have spoken to our lawyers are furious. They paid a premium price intending to buy vehicles that were better for the environment and now find out their cars are among the dirtiest of polluters." said Tony Merchant, Q.C., the lawyer leading this class action.
A list of the affected vehicles is available at:
Any Canadians who own one of the affected vehicles from the above list may provide their contact information thru the same website.
SOURCE Merchant Law Group
For further information: For media seeking actuality or comment, please call Tony Merchant, Q.C. at 1-888-567-7777. For French media inquiries, please contact our Montréal office at 1-514-248-7777.