Windsor law firm launches $1B class-action suit against Volkswagen
The law firm of Sutts, Strosberg LLP, based in Windsor, Ont., will pursue a class action lawsuit against auto giant Volkswagen, which admitted Tuesday some of its cars were built with software designed to rig emissions tests.
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The suit seeks $1 billion in damages and an additional $100 million in punitive damages, lawyer Harvey Strosberg said at a Tuesday press conference.
Strosberg said there was a conspiracy among a handful of Volkswagen employees to fix the emission test results.
He said any Canadian with a Volkswagen diesel car made before September 2015 can add their name to the suit.
The German automaker said 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were outfitted with the software.
The so-called defeat device is illegal in Canada and the U.S., and the company could face billions of dollars in fines for using it.
Strosberg says any Canadian with a Volkswagen diesel car before September can add their name to the suit <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcwdr?src=hash">#cbcwdr</a> <a href="http://t.co/G4OfV3upik">pic.twitter.com/G4OfV3upik</a>—@CBCWindsor
On Tuesday, Environment Canada said it had begun an investigation into use of a "defeat device" to get around emissions testing rules to determine if there had been a violation of Canadian law.