George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

VW: Litigating a Corporate Crisis

Event Details

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  • Venue: Rayburn House Office Building
  • Division: Civil Justice Academy

Volkswagen was recently alleged to have used software in its diesel vehicles to deceive emissions tests. In response, various plaintiffs have filed litigation concerning this issue, raising the question of how best to adjudicate the financial claims arising from this matter.

This briefing asked: where large numbers of people are affected by the same conduct, is the traditional class action litigation system the most efficient and equitable way to process claims? Additionally, the briefing discussed whether changes should be made to that system, or, especially where liability is not disputed, if an entirely different claims processing regime is more appropriate.

This briefing featured:

Kenneth R. Feinberg
Principal, Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg

Ted Frank
Senior Attorney and Director, Center for Class Action Fairness, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Matthew Wessler
Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC

Moderator: Dennis M. Black
Acting Director of Education, Law & Economics Center

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