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John B. Quinn to Present on the VW Emissions Scandal at Upcoming Automobile Class Actions Seminar


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, in collaboration with Law Seminars International and Hagens Berman, will present a one-day seminar entitled “Automobile Class Actions with Global Ramifications.”  The program will take place on December 2, 2015 from 8am - 5pm at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and will feature a presentation by Quinn Emanuel managing partner John B. Quinn. 

Registration and further information is available at:

Who Should Attend:
Attorneys practicing in the areas of consumer protection and corporate investigations in the context of class action litigation; government officials involved in consumer protection law enforcement; industry executives and consultants

Why You Should Attend:
The "DieselGate" Volkswagen Emissions Scandal marked the fourth distinct nationwide and international auto-defect crisis for international manufacturers. Starting with the Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Litigation, then the Hyundai/Kia MPG Litigation, then the General Motors Ignition Defect Litigation, and now the Volkswagen Emissions Litigation, the world of auto-defect class actions has blossomed and transformed.

There has been extensive media coverage of the Dieselgate scandal in the United states and abroad, and also of the numerous class action suits filed. Much of the information comes from sources that lack a depth of knowledge of class actions in the context of product engineering in the automobile industry or the special issues that arise when dealing with investigation of and litigation involving a global business titan.

VW is a complex case including violations of consumer fraud and deceptive practices statutes, common law fraud by concealment and breach of contract claims. State and federal warranty and lemon laws are also implicated. Case management will be complicated by the existence of multiple state, federal, and international parallel government investigations.

Hagens Berman and Quinn Emanuel have joined forces on behalf of all affected DieselGate owners to hold VW accountable for its fraud and deceit. Hagens Berman has served as lead counsel in automotive industry class actions including the $1.6 billion Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration litigation, the Hyundai/Kia MPG litigation, and the General Motors Ignition Switch Defect litigation. Quinn Emanuel contributes unparalleled global investigation and litigation experience that includes the defense and prosecution of more than 1000 class actions, as well as extensive experience representing auto companies, including representation of GM in a suit against Volkswagen that resulted in a $1.1 settlement.

The objective for this program was to assemble leading class action practitioners from both the plaintiff and defense sides with deep experience with the automobile industry to address the unique issues and provide practical insights.

What You Will Learn:
--Multi-state consumer protection claims, common law claims,
   parallel government investigations
--Recent automotive class actions
--Technical investigations
--The VW EA 189 Engine, key emission controls, implications of a recall
--Legal reactions to the VW scandal
--Special issues when government actors are investigating
--Adapting settlement strategies
--Implementation and enforcement of vehicle emissions standards
--Preliminary court proceedings, filings, Rule 12 motions, venue selections
--Tips for smaller players
--Notice and claims administration in auto defect class actions