The Attorneys at Egerton Law Answer Their Clients’ Most Frequently Asked Questions
Many of our North Carolina clients and prospective clients have similar questions. We provide helpful information by answering these common FAQs about personal injury accidents, workers' compensation claims, and Social Security Disability claims. If you have any questions about your case, call 1-800-800-4LAW to speak directly with an experienced NC injury lawyer.
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Can I sell my 2.0 Liter Diesel?
If you opted-out of the class, Yes. To our knowledge, there has been no action taken or suggested by the authorities that would keep you from selling your 2.0 Liter unmodified Volkswagen diesel.
Will Hiring a Lawyer Cost Me Anything up Front?
No. If you hire Egerton Law to represent you in your claim against Volkswagen, there will be no upfront fees or costs. The payment for the legal services to be provided will be a contingency fee constituting a percentage of any recovery obtained on your behalf. For additional information about our fees contact us.
Do you charge for a consultation?
No. Egerton Law does not charge a fee for an initial consultation. One of our experienced attorneys may speak with you about your options and the best way to proceed in your case. the best way to schedule your consultation is by:
Calling our office: 800-800-4LAW(4259)
Emailing us: [email protected]
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How can Egerton Law Help You?
At Egerton Law, we believe that the class action settlement undervalued each claim. The consumers have other legal resources available through which they may be able to obtain additional compensation, such as punitive damages. Punitive damages have the purpose of deterring future wrongdoing and can be claimed in cases that involve fraudulent conduct, such as Volkswagen's.
Our office is currently pursuing individual cases for our clients that decided to opt-out of the Class Action and pursue their claims for damages in State Court. For these cases a claim for punitive damages has been included. North Carolina law provides for punitive damages, up to $250,000. The cases are being pursued in Virginia, home state of Volkswagen, to prevent Volkswagen from removing the cases to federal court.
What should I expect if I own a 3.0 liter diesel vehicle?
A class agreement has been proposed to settle the claims against Volkswagen regarding the 2.0 liter diesel vehicles affected by the emission scandal. No such agreement has been proposed for the 3.0 liter vehicles and it was informed that negotiations for these cars, in the class settlement, had not begun. Our office is taking cases for qualifying 3.0 liter vehicle owners.
What should I expect if I own a 2.0 liter diesel vehicle?
On October 25, 2016 a Federal Judge gave final approval to the class action settlement for the 2.0 Liter diesel vehicles. The settlement offers class members two options, sell back the vehicle to Volkswagen or wait for a "fix" to be available and choose to "modify" their vehicle to make them compliant with the law. At this time a "fix" has not been approved by the government and is not available to the consumers. For more information about the proposed class settlement visit www.vwcourtsettlement.com/en/.
If you opted-out of the class you may pursue an individual claim in state court. Our firm currently represents 2.0 Liter diesel owners that opted out and are seeking compensation from Volkswagen, including punitive damages. For more information contact us.
Can I keep my vehicle and continue to drive it?
Yes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that you can. The state of North Carolina has not issued a restriction regarding driving these vehicles or has made any changes to the inspection and annual renewal of the vehicle's registration process. At this time, it is unlikely that you will be required to stop driving your car.
Is my vehicle affected?
Over 480,000 2.0 liter 4-cylinder diesel vehicles are affected by the emissions issue:
VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009-2015)
VW Jetta SportwagenTDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
VW Golf SportWagen (Model Year 2015)
VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
Audi A3 TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
Approximately 200,000 3.0 liter V6 engine vehicles were affected by the emissions issue:
VW Touareg (Model Years 2009-2016)
Porsche Cayenne (Model Years 2013-2016)
Audi A6 Quattro (Model Years 2014-2016)
Audi A7 Quattro (Model Years 2014-2016)
Audi A8 (Model Years 2014-2016)
Audi A8L (Model Years 2014-2016)
Audi Q5 (Model Years 2014-2016)
Audi Q7 (Model Years 2009-2016)
What is the scandal about?
The government regulates the amount and type of emissions vehicles may produce, with the purpose of protecting the environment. To enforce these regulations the government inspects motor vehicles and determines if they are safe to be driven and sold in the United States. Volkswagen intentionally and voluntarily installed a "defeat device" to cheat the inspection process and be able to sell diesel fuel vehicles that did not comply with the emissions regulations. The "defeat device" allowed Volkswagen to produce and make these vehicles at a lower cost, while charging a premium price over their gasoline fuel models.
Volkswagen knew that the "defeat device" made the vehicles non-compliant with the law but still advertised and marketed the vehicles to the consumers. The vehicles were marketed and advertised as eco-friendly, clean diesel cars when in reality they were emitting illegally high emissions of noxious gasses into the air. Volkswagen concealed the existence of the "defeat device" and the extent of the pollution produced by each vehicle from the consumers, who believes they were driving an environmentally friendly vehicle.
Volkswagen has admitted to installing the "defeat device" for the purpose of cheating the emission testing and concealing its existence.The company has taken "full responsibility" for their actions.