Volkswagen dealers in the United States have formed a team of dealers tasked with drawing compensation out of the automaker while trying to avoid a barrage of dealer lawsuits.
The committee, which consists of five members, was formed at a dealer-only meeting held at the National Automobile Dealers Association. This formation came just one day before U.S. dealers were expected to meet with top Volkswagen brass.
The move seeks to hopefully fend off a slew of lawsuits from U.S. dealers seeking reparations from Volkswagen amid the emissions scandal. The dealers seek the reparations to cover the costs and lost revenue stemming from the scandal.
The plan is to negotiate a settlement from Volkswagen so that the dealers can get back to the business of running their dealerships. One New York lawyer has already prepared a class-action lawsuit filing on behalf of a group of Volkswagen dealers. He plans to await the outcome of the negotiation meeting before filing the suit.
U.S. dealers have said that they have felt that they have been increasingly ignored by the Volkswagen head offices. This feeling escalated with the abrupt resignation of Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn. Horn resigned from his position in early March.
The dealer committee is made up of Jason Kuhn of Tampa’s Kuhn Automotive Group; Mike Sullivan of the LACarGuy network in southern California; Jimmy Ellis of Jim Ellis Automotive Group; Richard Fisher of Autobarn Evanston Dealer Group; and Jack Bertolet, Jr, of the J. Bertolet Volkswagen.
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