Tort Tuesday: Winnipeg lawyer files class action against VW

TDI diesel Volkswagen engine logo is seen on an engine cover in Jelah, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 26, 2015.
TDI diesel Volkswagen engine logo is seen on an engine cover in Jelah, Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

First, you had “das scandal”, now you have “das lawsuit”.

A Winnipeg lawyer launched a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen last week, and many angry car owners have flooded him with calls asking to be included.

The lawsuit was filed by lawyer Norm Boudreau, who has not yet publicized the amount, but it will likely be a big number.

This follows another class action against the German auto manufacturer that filed in Edmonton. That suit is asking for $1 billion in damages, alleging negligence, fraud and unfair competition.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have heard about the huge scandal swirling around Volkswagen. It was revealed the company installed faulty software on 11 million vehicles, which would allow them to cheat emissions tests and dodge environmental standards tests.

See: Traffic Report: Das scandal claims VW’s CEO

However, the latter has already backfired as, in the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency is looking at fining VW as much as $18 billion.

B.C. woman sues province for allegedly illegal search by RCMP

An aboriginal woman is suing the province of British Columbia after, what she claims, was an illegal search of her vehicle.

The woman, Kimberly Mack, is asking for $15,000 in compensation, and an apology. Mack alleges she was stopped without a search warrant and not read her rights before the RCMP searched her vehicle for drugs.

The incident occurred on May 10, 2010, when Mack was on a rest stop, after a family vacation, and RCMP officers stopped her and asked to search her car.

Mack alleges RCMP threatened to involve the Ministry of Children and Family Development if she refused permission. She adds they then proceeded to arrest her in front of her three small children, while searching and damaging her van.

However, the search turned up no drugs, and Mack’s lawyer says the issue is greater than that of an illegal search. The fact that they threatened to take away Mack’s children is a very serious issue — one that shouldn’t be ignored given the history of aboriginals and the police in the province.

Neither the RCMP nor the Ministry of Justice Attorney General has issued comments in regards to the case.

Lawnmower class action lawsuits filed

Get this: apparently there was a conspiracy by manufacturers and suppliers of lawnmowers and small engine manufacturers to fix, raise, stabilize or maintain the price of lawnmowers in Canada.

That is what two class action lawsuits, which were recently filed, allege. These lawsuits were filed for those who bought lawnmowers that had a gasoline engine of less than 30 horsepower, between January 1, 1994 and December 31, 2012.

Some settlements have already been reached, totalling $4.5 million. However, until all claims have been settled, the plaintiffs won’t see a cent.

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