Here’s a new twist in the case. A whistleblower has filed a lawsuit against the company saying that they destroyed evidence and obstructed justice during the investigation.
The man worked as an IT employee for the company in 2008. He claims he was fired in December of last year “because of his refusal to participate in a course of action” that would have interfered with the investigation. He also claims he was fired because he was about to report what was happening to federal authorities. Volkswagen denies the claims saying that his firing was unrelated to the emissions issue and that the case is without merit.
The pressure is on Volkswagen to start a buyback program so consumers can get rid of their lemon vehicles. Volkswagen diesel vehicles were marketed as causing less pollution, but software on the cars was found to control emissions only during testing. In actual conditions, the vehicles produced emissions over forty times the current limits. The company is facing lawsuits from all over the world.
As an individual consumer, if you bought one of these vehicles then you were sold a lemon. Yes, the long-term environmental damage can be bad, but on a personal level, you will likely have great difficulty selling your vehicle because it cannot legally pass emissions. There may be no fix for the problem. Make Volkswagen pay for the massive depreciation on your investment. Contact John Foy & Associates to learn how you can get compensation.