The VW Logo is photographed at a car at the Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Volkswagen has admitted that it intentionally installed software programmed to switch engines to a cleaner mode during official emissions testing. The software then switches off again, enabling cars to drive more powerfully on the road while emitting as much as 40 times the legal pollution limit. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Volkswagen's emissions cheating scheme has prompted a growing number of lawsuits across the nation, including one filed in Nashville on Wednesday.
The class-action case was filed in federal court by retired Nashville Circuit Court and Senior Judge Walter Kurtz, who was a judge from 1982 to 2013. According to the lawsuit, Kurtz drives a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, one of the "clean-diesel" models affected.
Kurtz's attorneys, David Garrison and Jerry Martin of the Nashville law firm Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, say the auto manufacturer's "flagrant misrepresentations" and violations of state and federal law have caused fair market value of the cars to drop. They say the company misled buyers because the vehicles are not as fuel efficient as Volkswagen promised.
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