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Judge: FCA reps didn’t lie

by David Zatz on

Yesterday, federal judge Jesse Furman rejected a lawsuit from investors who sued FCA in the aftermath of an EPA action against its diesel-powered Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The judge ruled that the investors did not provide evidence that company leaders were “consciously reckless” or deliberately lying when saying that their vehicles complied with emissions rules.  His decision ends a lawsuit that would have been costly whether FCA won or lost.

FCA officials have credibly claimed they did not know of the issues, and prior Allpar research indicated that, in all likelihood, the suspect tuning came from supplier Bosch, one or two people at VM USA, or a company half-owned by Volkswagen.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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