Volkswagen being sued by Califonia woman over defeat device

By Travis Zuellig | Jan 24, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — A California woman has joined a nationwide class action lawsuit against Volkswagen claiming she was misled into buying a vehicle that was purported to be environmentally “clean” but actually was not.

Deborah K. Pepin, a resident of Chaplin, California, filed a lawsuit on Jan. 8 in the Northern District of California District Court against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., as part of a nationwide class action for the intentional installation of a defeat device in Volkswagen vehicles meant to falsify emissions test results.

According to the suit, Pepin purchased a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta in Vernon, Connecticut, and spent over $34,000. She claims one of the most important factors in her purchase of car was that it was advertised as environmentally “clean.” Pepin claims she was a loyal Volkswagen customer over the years, owned numerous Volkswagen vehicles and had trusted the company. However, she alleges became very upset when she found out that her vehicle contained a defeat device and her vehicle was not environmentally “clean.”

The allegations being brought on Volkswagen in this case are fraud by concealment, breach of contract, breach of express warranty and implied warrant, violation of the Magnuson-Moss Act, unjust enrichment and a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. Pepin is seeking treble and/or punitive damages and court and attorneys’ fees, among other damages. Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law, LLP will represent Pepin.

Northern District of California District Court 316-cv-00116-CRB

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