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Michael Hausfeld Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for VW Emissions Lawsuits

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San Francisco, CA (January 22, 2016) Hausfeld Chairman, Michael D. Hausfeld, has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the landmark litigation to hold Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi accountable to consumers for developing and marketing so-called clean diesel vehicles.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, who is presiding over the Volkswagen multidistrict litigation, selected Michael Hausfeld as part of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. Judge Breyer's decision followed a hearing where more than 130 attorneys appeared in person at a hearing to request a leadership position. Mr. Hausfeld was among the attorneys vying for leadership roles in the case.

Mr. Hausfeld, who was recently named among the Top Ten Innovative Lawyers in North America by the Financial Times, originally filed suit in this matter on behalf of the Center for Auto Safety, seeking injunctive relief to remediate the environmental harm caused by VW’s excess emissions release, as well as consumer class actions under federal and state law. Mr. Hausfeld is one of just 22 attorneys selected to the steering committee. 

In early December, Mr. Hausfeld's firm announced that its Berlin office, backed by financing from Burford Capital, will pursue claims against VW in Germany in relation to the global emissions scandal. Mr. Hausfeld stated that, "this is a complex global dispute with broad ramifications not only for VW, but for German workers, business, and the German economy.  The combination of our firm’s skills and achievements with the strength of Burford’s financial backing, make it ideally suited to spearhead a just resolution.”

The case is In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel”, 15-MD-2672-CRB (JSC), pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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