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Lawsuit Challenging Volkswagen Filed In Portland


An Indiana man filed a federal lawsuit in Portland this week against the automaker Volkswagen.


The lawsuit comes after the Environmental Protection Agency reported that the car company installed so-called “defeat devices” in its diesel vehicles. Those devices allegedly allowed the vehicles to appear fuel efficient without being so.

One day after acknowledging that 11 million Volkswagen-made cars have software the dupes emissions tests, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn announced Wednesday he'd be resigning from his post.


Christopher Bricker’s lawsuit states that he purchased multiple Volkswagen vehicles under the premise that they’d be fuel efficient. According to court documents, the Indiana man is allowed to file the lawsuit in Oregon because the problem affected people from the Ninth Circuit Court's district.


Bricker is being represented by Portland lawyer David Sugarman. The lawsuit is one of several that could be rolled together as a class action against the automaker.


Court documents say that Bricker’s case is set for a hearing early next year.


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