LOS ANGELES – Two Porsche owners are suing the automobile manufacturer alleging that it knowingly violated the Clean Air Act by putting a defeat device in its diesel-powered cars that would temporarily reduce emissions in order to pass inspection.
Drew Leonard and Mark Gruskin filed a class-action lawsuit on Jan. 20 in the U.S. District Court Central District of California against Porsche Cars North America Inc. and Does 1 through 100, citing alleged breach of implied warranty and fraud.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they purchased or leased a 2015 and 2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesels equipped with an emissions control defeat device from the defendant. The plaintiff holds Porsche Cars North America Inc. and Does 1 through 100 responsible because they allegedly knowingly manufactured automobiles with the device despite of the environmental laws in place.
The plaintiffs seek the following: compensatory, exemplary and statutory damages, the return of the purchase price for the vehicle and attorneys' fees and court costs. They are represented by Patrick McNicholas and Michael J. Kent of McNicholas & McNicholas LLP in Los Angeles and Eric F. Yuhl and Colin A. Yuhl of Yuhl Carr LLP in Marina Del Rey.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 3:16-cv-00840-CRB