9th Circ. Won’t Unwind $10B VW Deal For Used-Car Dealers

Law360 (September 10, 2020, 8:24 PM EDT) — The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that it won’t unwind amendments to Volkswagen’s $10 billion deal with diesel vehicles owners in multidistrict litigation over the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal, rejecting arguments that the parties illegally modified the deal and cut out branded-title owners.

In a 17-page opinion written by U.S. Circuit Judge Patrick J. Bumatay, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer did not abuse his discretion when he refused in June 2019 to give used car dealerships a chance to opt out of VW’s settlement after a review committee denied their claims.

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