Volkswagen's attorneys were among hundreds of lawyers at a hearing in federal court in New Orleans to look at consolidating more than lawsuits against the German carmaker. The five judges of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard from the string of lawyers making their cases for consolidation in the federal districts of their liking.
The panel - which happened to be meeting in New Orleans - did not rule last Thursday on where the lawsuits should be consolidated. Volkswagen lawyer Jeffrey L. Chase asked the panel to choose Michigan, where VW is working with the U.
Environmental Protection Agency's branch there on its investigation into the emissions cheating scandal. Chase said it would be efficient to let the federal court in Detroit take the lead in consolidating lawsuits from around the country.Woman Wants Sex Tonight Lawtey Florida
He also argued that U. District Chief Judge Gerald E.
Rosen in Detroit already is handling cases there and that he has experience with multidistrict litigation. Chase added that VW was in settlement talks with plaintiffs in Michigan.
The panel's job is to determine whether lawsuits in different federal districts should be amassed under one court to prevent duplication and Looking a a real ltr in oakland county rulings and to make it easier for lawyers. Lawyers used a variety of arguments in seeking to convince the judges of a particular court's benefits - including the ease of travel, the experience particular judges had with complex multidistrict litigation, and a state's commitment to high emissions standards.
One lawyer from Tennessee argued for his state not only because VW has a major manufacturing plant there but also because he Lolking Elvis Presley owned a Volkswagen Beetle early in teal career.
VW has admitted that2-liter diesel vehicles in the U. The government says another 85, rwal diesels also had cheating software. VW says the software in the six-cylinder diesels is different and is legal in Europe, but it has halted sales of those vehicles while it explains its case to the government.
The states arguing Lookinf amici curiae in the Supreme Court.
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