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Update on our appeal in the 9th Circuit Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

The Appellate Panel consolidated our Bosch appeal with the Volkswagen appeal and a decision should be announced soon.  If successful the appeal would set aside the largest consumer fraud settlement in history while leaving Volkswagen on the hook.  The settlement allowed Volkswagen to "hide and conceal" claims from the Court and Settlement Master Robert Mueller. 
We filed an action in Butte County yesterday with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Convictions now required to seize cash or property from criminal suspects

Posted by Lacy Fletcher on Monday, October 3, 2016 Under: Civil Forfeiture

Law enforcement officials across California will no longer be able to share in the proceeds of most cash and property seizures unless there is a criminal conviction resulting from the case, under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The legislation, authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, represents a significant win for civil-right advocates, who have complained for years that the law gives police and sheriff agencies a financial incentive to seize cash and other assets.

“Why should private property be forfeited to the police agency which confiscated it when no conviction has shown any connection to a crime?” Mitchell asked, when urging Brown to sign her bill. “Innocent until proven guilty is the law of the land.”

Brown, who is signing and rejecting hundreds of bills in the hours before the Friday deadline, did not issue a signing statement explaining his decision.

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