Centralize claims against Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen requested
California Drivers Want Class Action Suit against German Carmakers
August 7, 2017
The ongoing trial in the European Union concerning the illegal sharing of classified information may, if a group of plaintiffs has their way, find itself with a surprising change of venue: California.
A proposed group of class action plaintiffs has petitioned the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPMDL) to centralize claims against Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen in California federal court. The alleged cartel at the heart of the case conducted illegal business in the U.S. that would make it subject to American law, the plaintiffs claim.
At issue in the case is whether the five German carmakers shared confidential customer information with each other. The proposed suit would file charges of racketeering against the companies under the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.
The plaintiffs make the case that an MDL suit is appropriate in this case, as drivers from a wide range of localities have potentially been affected.
The plaintiffs are seeking to have the case heard in the Northern District of California.
If you believe that one or more companies has shared your confidential information, you may have a case. Contact the expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com to learn how we can help you.
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