Lawyers Jostle for Lead Position in Volkswagen Diesel Suits

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The first battle in the legal assault on Volkswagen is unfolding as plaintiffs’ lawyers jockey over where tens of thousands of claims should be heard and which lawyers will get the biggest piece of the action.

Across the United States, more than 350 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of consumers against Volkswagen over its rigged diesel vehicles, according to a law firm representing the company. To streamline the sprawling litigation, a panel of federal judges is expected to send those cases soon to a single court where a judge will appoint a small group of plaintiffs’ lawyers to steer the case.

This approach has been used dozens of times in mass lawsuits involving cars, drugs and other products. But concern is growing among legal scholars that a small circle of law firms has come to dominate the process and that some settlements have benefited the lawyers more than their clients.

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One recent study found that about two dozen firms played leading roles in 10 or more major lawsuits. Five of those firms spearheaded 20 or more.

The first battle in the legal assault on Volkswagen is unfolding as plaintiffs’ lawyers jockey over where tens of thousands of claims should be heard and which lawyers will get the biggest piece of the action.

Across the United States, more than 350 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of consumers against Volkswagen over its rigged diesel vehicles, according to a law firm representing the company. To streamline the sprawling litigation, a panel of federal judges is expected to send those cases soon to a single court where a judge will appoint a small group of plaintiffs’ lawyers to steer the case.

This approach has been used dozens of times in mass lawsuits involving cars, drugs and other products. But concern is growing among legal scholars that a small circle of law firms has come to dominate the process and that some settlements have benefited the lawyers more than their clients.

Continue reading the main story

RELATED COVERAGE

One recent study found that about two dozen firms played leading roles in 10 or more major lawsuits. Five of those firms spearheaded 20 or more.

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