SAN FRANCISCO – A California couple alleges that an auto manufacturer knowingly violated U.S. environmental law by putting a defeat device in its cars so they would temporarily reduce emissions in order to pass inspection.

Michael Reveles and Margaret Ann Reveles filed a complaint on April 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Volkswagen Group of America Inc. citing alleged breach of implied warranty, breach of contract, fraud and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Dec. 8, 2009, they purchased a 2010 diesel Volkswagen Jetta equipped with a defeat device. The plaintiffs hold Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Volkswagen Group of America Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly manufactured vehicles that contained a defeat device despite advertising claims their vehicles met Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek actual damages according to proof, restitution, punitive damages, consequential and incidental damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Stephen G. Recordon of Recordon & Recordon in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-01982-CRB

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