Just last month, the world learned that Volkswagen used defeat devices to reduce the effectiveness of the emissions control systems in vehicles equipped with its 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engines. Besides causing a world of pain for VW, the discovery also threatened to tarnish the reputation of diesel engines in the entire automotive industry and around the world. Today, the German automaker is still reeling from the discovery as it pays fines, handles lawsuits, and attempts to repair its image in the eyes of the public. This week, the GM rival announced that it has retained attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg to handle claims related to the debacle. The announcement is noteworthy to GM enthusiasts given that Feinberg presided over General Motors Ignition Switch Compensation Fund for victims of faulty ignition switches in GM vehicles.
Feinberg and his team will “design and administer and independent claims resolutions program to address claims related to the 2.0L and 3.0L TDI vehicles affected by the emissions compliance issue.” In a statement Volkswagen states that it “believes Mr. Feinberg will develop an independent, fair and swift process for resolving these claims.”
Mr. Feinberg is a managing partner of The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC and is a respected attorney with extensive experience managing high-profile issues as well as many of the nation’s most challenging legal matters. He was appointed to two presidential commissions by Presidents Reagan and Clinton and administered several other significant programs.