LOS ANGELES – A San Diego man alleges that certain car manufacturers violated U.S. environmental law by putting a defeat device in their cars that would temporarily reduce emissions in order to pass inspection.

Eric Olney filed a class-action lawsuit Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen of America Inc., Volkswagen AG, and Does 1 through 10, citing fraud and other counts

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he purchased a new vehicle equipped with an emissions control defeat device from the defendant. The plaintiff holds Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen of America Inc., Volkswagen AG, and Does 1 through 10 responsible because they allegedly manufactured automobiles with the device despite of the environmental laws in place.

The plaintiff seeks the following: compensatory damages, costs, interest and attorneys' fees. He is represented by John H. Gomez and Deborah S. Dixon of Gomez Trial Attorneys in San Diego, Arshan Amiri of Amiri Law Firm P.C. in San Diego, Jason A. Whooper of Jason Whooper Attorney at Law in San Diego, and Arshan Amiri of Amiri Law Firm in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 3:16-cv-00838-CRB

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