On Thursday, July 7, 2016, David Stein will present a webinar entitled “Perspectives on Automotive Class Action Litigation” sponsored by Strafford Publishers. David will provide the plaintiff-side perspective on a variety of issues in automotive class action cases, including the makings of a strong auto case, legal strategies related to jurisdiction, discovery, experts, damages and settlement, and discussion of vehicle recalls and attorney fee awards. David and his co-presenter will also provide commentary on the future of automotive class actions, and ways that the practice and litigation is likely to change and develop in the coming years.
On December 8, 2015, the U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation filed an Order to consolidate more than 450 Volkswagen diesel emissions class action lawsuits filed nationwide into the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer will preside over the litigation.
Girard Gibbs LLP partner Eric Gibbs has been invited to speak at an advanced, one-day seminar concerning Automobile Class Actions with Global Ramifications, to be held December 2, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Presented by Law Seminars International, the Global Auto Defect Class Action seminar will feature leading national litigators from across the country, who will address the complexities of multidistrict litigation and multinational investigations through a series of nine presentations.
Girard Gibbs LLP partner Eric Gibbs will speak on a panel at the upcoming “Volkswagen Class Action and MDL Seminar – Diesel Emissions Scandal,” presented by Bridgeport Continuing Education at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on November 23, 2015. Mr. Gibbs joins a faculty of distinguished complex litigation attorneys who will share insights regarding the multi-district litigation process with plaintiffs’ attorneys representing Volkswagen diesel owners and lessees.
Girard Gibbs LLP has filed a motion for preliminary injunction and provisional class certification in the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions case, requesting that the Court order Volkswagen to make good on its “clean diesel” promises to California consumers – either by providing replacement vehicles or by providing restitution to thousands of California drivers of affected cars currently emitting up to 40 times the legal limit of noxious gases.
On February 10, 2015, Gibbs Law Group Partner David Stein appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and urged the panel to reverse a district court decision denying class certification in a case against Ford concerning Freestyle vehicles. The plaintiff, Gene Edwards, alleges that Ford sold and serviced 2005-2007 Freestyle vehicles without informing consumers of a known defect in the electronic throttle control system that causes the vehicles to surge while idling, or accelerate unexpectedly in both drive and reverse.
The law firm of Girard Gibbs LLP filed a motion Tuesday, April 1, 2014 asking Judge James V. Selna of the United States District Court for the Central District of California to order General Motors to immediately notify GM vehicle owners about GM’s free rental car policy, as required by California law. The policy makes rental cars available for everyone waiting for ignition switch repairs; but many drivers remain unaware of the policy. The motion, if granted, will ensure all car owners learn they have an alternative to driving their defective vehicles.
General Motors (GM) announced last week, that it was adding 971,000 vehicles to the ignition switch recall which now encompasses approximately 2.6 million GM vehicles.
GM Expands Ignition Switch Recall
The ignition switch recall that GM announced in February 2014 originally only extended as far as 2007 model Chevrolet Cobalts, Pontiac G5s, Saturn Ions, Chevrolet HHRs, Potiac Solstices, and Saturn Skys. On Friday, GM expanded the recall to later model year GM vehicles over concerns that some of these newer vehicles may have been repaired using the same allegedly defective ignition switches that were used in the older cars.