VW Class Action Update & "Goodwill Package" Clarification

November 20, 2015

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, a Honolulu law firm that filed a Hawaii class action lawsuit relating to the Volkswagen emissions litigation, announced that on December 3, 2015, a seven-judge committee known as the Judicial Panel on Multi - District Litigation is scheduled to hold a hearing in New Orleans that will likely affect the more than 400 federal civil lawsuits that have been filed against Volkswagen.  The Court is expected to designate which federal court will handle the pretrial proceedings for these lawsuits.  Wherever the case goes, lead counsel and a “plaintiffs’ steering committee” will be selected to help lead the prosecution of the cases.  The law firm will post an update on www.starnlaw.com of the results of that hearing.

For individual owners who have inquired about the “Goodwill Package” offered by Volkswagen, the gift cards offered by Volkswagen are reported to not come with strings attached, and if that is true, redeeming them would not have an effect on the lawsuit.  However, if there are any restrictions relating to the Goodwill Package, they could preclude the owners from being in the lawsuit. 

The law firm filed a class action complaint against Volkswagen for fraudulent conduct and deceptive acts and practices on behalf of consumers in Hawaii on September 20, 2015.

About Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher

Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher is a full service business law firm, focusing on complex litigation and business transactions. The firm at has been recognized each

year by US News & World Report-Best Lawyers in America® “Best Law Firms,” since the award’s inception in 2010. The respected national publication ranks the firm’s team among the best in Hawaii in numerous litigation practice areas. Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation powerhouse has extensive experience, including significant jury and non-jury trial work, in complex commercial litigation encompassing business, corporate, contract and accounting issues related to Hawaii real estate development, corporate ownership and management, the hotel and hospitality industry, environmental matters, construction claims, lender liability, class actions and personal injury matters. 

More information about Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher can be found at www.starnlaw.com.

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