How Can I Sue Volkswagen For Fraud?

Our Miami consumer fraud lawyers are currently investigating claims against Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, following the revelation that it has participated in one of the biggest scandals in United States automotive history. For decades Volkswagen has purposely marketed its cars as green and environmentally friendly to lure buyers into purchasing its diesel-engine models.  Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) learned that senior VW executives knowingly hacked their cars’ emission data to deceive both U.S. regulators and the public about just how much pollution their diesel engines actually create. Last week VW Chairman Martin Winterkorn was forced to resign, and now VW faces EPA fines that could reach $18 billion; class actions, other civil lawsuits, and certainly U.S. criminal investigations will follow. The EPA has threatened to withhold approval for the company’s 2016 Volkswagen and Audi diesel models, according to a letter sent by the EPA to Johnson and VW’s attorney. The letter detailed some of the timetable for the EPA’s actions. The cars in question are Volkswagen models with “clean-diesel” engines starting in 2008 with the 2009-model Jetta TDI.  Ironically in 2008 the Jetta was named “Green Car of the Year” at the LA Auto Show.  One of the biggest selling points was geared to California consumers, who are subject to strict pollution laws because of the abundance of smog and cancer-related soot. As a result, Jetta buyers received an income tax credit of $1,300. VW’s fraud was revealed by a group of researchers at a West Virginia University lab that placed emission-monitoring equipment on a rented 2012 Jetta and a 2013 Passat.  Over seven weeks in...

Investigating Monarch Hills Landfill

Residents of Pompano Beach in West Broward County Florida have grown tired of the offensive odors emanating from a massive landfill. Our Pompano Beach lawyers are currently investigating complaints on behalf of dozens of people. Many members of the community have voiced disappointment by the slow regulatory action of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Monarch Hill Landfill located at 2700 Wiles Road in unincorporated Broward County. It is categorized as a Class I Landfill. It is owned by Waste Management and processes about 3,500 tons of waste per day. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection permits Monarch Hill to accept household garbage, construction & demolition debris, yard waste, selective non-hazardous industrial waste, contaminated non-hazardous soils, ash from the waste-to-energy plant and sludge from Broward County’s waste-water. Aside from serving as a vital disposal center to rid of debris from natural disasters like hurricanes, the waste collected at Monarch Hill is also used for renewable energy. Unfortunately, for the nearby communities of Coconut Creek and Deerfield Beach, foul and noxious odors fill the air. Waste Management, Inc. has dealt with previous violations of air standards due to complaints. Unsuccessful attempts to cover the landfill’s stench with dirt and deodorizers have been made and recent media coverage indicates ongoing violations for the emission of offensive odors. Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Spencer M. Aronfeld is experienced in environmental issues dealing with hazardous waste and odors, chemical pollution, air quality, water conditions and oil spills. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers are committed to protecting the environment and the families living in close proximity to the Monarch Hill Landfill. If you and your family...

What the Frack? Florida’s Latest Environmental Danger

As a Florida toxic landfill contamination lawyer, I believe that one of the most critical issues facing our environment today are attempts to obtain energy from hydraulic fracturing (informally known as “fracking”). It can cause ground water contamination and is associated with serious health effects, from skin rashes to numbness in extremities. But what is fracking? It is a method of oil and gas extraction that consists of shooting a pressurized blend of water, chemicals and drilling materials (such as sand) into shale rock formations deep underground. This process breaks apart, or “fractures”, the rock and releases the trapped energy. In Washington County, Pennsylvania, three families are filing a lawsuit to seek damages to amend the dangerous water and even air pollutants that they have been subjected to as a result of nearby fracking sites. They are not alone, other states are experiencing similar health issues along with serious environmental effects, such as small earthquakes. Although obviously environmentally detrimental, the fracking industry is heavily supported by the economy. It has been argued by fracking companies that this process is cheaper for consumers, and because of the abundance of the special underground rock formations it can relieve US dependence on foreign energy. However, the short-term economic benefits will not outweigh the long-term human health and environmental consequences. Though the exact chemical formula is unknown, the fracking blend is proven to contain contaminates that are seriously detrimental to human health. These include: benzene, which is known to cause cancer; fluorine, which results in bone damage in excess; biocides, substances that are made to kill organisms; and lubricants, which cause kidney, heart,...

HOW TO START YOUR OWN LAW FIRM

On April 6, 2011 Miami personal injury lawyer Spencer Aronfeld will be speaking at the University of Miami School of Law.. The topic will be: how to make your own law firm upon graduation from law school and lunch will be served. The event is open to the public as well as students from both undergraduate and law school. He will be reading portions of the book and signing copies from noon to 1:30 pm. Attorney Bruce Shemrock the book’s editor will also be in attendance. Aronfeld, a 1991 cum laude graduate wrote “Make It Your Own Law Firm” a how-to-guide for law students and graduates starting their own practices. Aronfeld has been teaching law students around the country for nearly twenty years regarding flying solo so that no lawyer will have ever take a job for the wrong reasons or find no job at all. Spencer Aronfeld started his own law firm in 1991 upon graduation from University of Miami and has a nationally recognized Florida plaintiff’s personal injury and medical negligence practice in Coral Gables,...

Feinberg’s BP’s Plan: Unacceptable and Unfair

As a Florida oil spill claims lawyer, I am wondering if Kenneth Feinberg is working for BP or for the claimants. So far I am very disappointed with Mr. Feinberg’s proposed protocol for administering the fund for Oil Spill claimants. His plan calls deductions for what shrimpers have earned so far cleaning up the spill from their final payout. This is another example of BP taking advantage of the desperation of those affected by their negligence the most. First BP tried and succeeded in paying shrimpers to help in the dangerous cleanup work. Now BP wants these folks to release potential claims against other subcontractors involved in the spill just because they had reached a some kind of deal with BP. Those affected by the oil spill should seek legal counsel before making any decisions regarding their potential...

Since When is Boise, Idaho so Important to BP Oil Spill Claimants?

As a Florida oil spill claims lawyer, I am scratching my head as to why judges in Boise, Idaho are deciding the fate of thousands of claimants in the largest environmental catastrophe in history. But its true, lawyers from New Orleans like my pal, the great Russ Herman want the case in the closest courthouse to where the slick hit the fan. And he is right for many reasons, but most of all, to suggest that the case should be anywhere other than New Orleans, implies that the Federal Judiciary is somehow biased and won’t give BP a fair trial. As a lawyer, I find this insulting to the bench, bar and most importantly to the victims of the oil spill. And why, I wonder does BP want the matter to be heard in Houston, Texas? Simply because BP has corporate offices there? I bet it has something more to do with Houston’s long standing love affair with oil. Good work Russ, lets hope now that the MDL gets it right. Of course, as a Miami oil spill lawyer, I wouldn’t mind if they pick a third venue, right in my...
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