The Stuttgart sports car manufacturer Porsche has again been targeted by US plaintiffs for alleged exhaust gas manipulation. When asked, Porsche stated that it had informed the authorities itself about the issues and that it would continue to cooperate with them.
New York / Stuttgart – The German sports car manufacturer Porsche and its parent company Volkswagen are again targeted by US plaintiffs for alleged exhaust gas manipulation. In the past few weeks, the law firms Hagens Berman and Lieff Cabraser started new proceedings against the group. Both law firms specialize in class action lawsuits and were already driving forces behind the multi-billion dollar “Dieselgate” settlement.
The new lawsuits, which the “Spiegel” reported on Thursday, are based largely on information from media reports from the news magazine and the “Business Insider”. According to this, internal Porsche investigations are said to have corroborated a suspicion that gasoline-powered vehicles were being cheated on emissions. At the beginning of October, the Stuttgart public prosecutor confirmed that they had started investigations in connection with this.
The first court hearings are due to take place in January
When asked, Porsche stated that it had informed the authorities itself about the issues and that it would continue to cooperate with them. It is about matters that were several years in the past and, according to the current state of knowledge, do not affect current vehicle production. The statement went on to say that one could not comment on the individual lawsuits in the USA due to the ongoing proceedings.
According to the lawsuits brought by Hagens Berman and Lieff Cabraser, a good 100,000 Porsches of the Panamera and 9/11 models in the USA are affected by the possible manipulations that are said to have taken place between 2007 and 2017. The chances of success of the lawsuits are difficult to assess at the current stage – in the USA, law firms do not hesitate long with class actions against companies, but these often silt up the legal system. The first court hearings on the cases are due to take place in San Francisco in January.