1st Circ. Won't Nix $30M Attys' Fee Award In VW, Audi MDL

Law360, New York (October 12, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Wednesday tossed for lack of standing a class member's challenge of a $30 million award to class counsel in multidistrict litigation against Volkswagen AG and Audi AG over oil sludge buildup in engines and related warranties.

The MDL dates back to 2006 and encompasses nearly 480,000 cars. Under a settlement reached in September and formally approved in March, the automakers had agreed to cover 100 percent of sludge-related maintenance costs for owners or lessees of Audi A4s from model years 1997 through...
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