VW Can't Push Hybrid Brake Defect Suit Into Arbitration

Law360, Los Angeles (August 8, 2016, 11:08 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Monday rejected Volkswagen’s bid to arbitrate a Jetta Hybrid owner’s putative class action alleging the vehicle’s brakes caused him to get into two fender-benders, ruling VW can’t enforce an arbitration agreement the man signed with the dealership that sold him his car.

At Monday’s hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle said he would not grant Volkswagen Group of America Inc.’s motion to compel individual arbitration of named plaintiff Peter Bryan Burra’s suit alleging model year 2013 Jetta Hybrids have defective braking systems.

Before the judge reached his decision, Michael Gallub of Herzfeld & Rubin...

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