Volkswagen owners taking car maker to court

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 18:32:36-05

A Riverview Volkswagen owner is one of hundreds we found filing lawsuits against the automaker around the country.

The plaintiffs accuse VW of carrying out a deliberate and blatant fraud that left them with a vehicle worth a fraction of what it once was.

You'd be hard pressed to find a family more loyal to Volkswagen than Debbie DeRochemont’s. They've owned five VWs.

DeRochemont says she never intended to buy a diesel, but the salesman persuaded her to purchase the Jetta diesel, which she bought new in 2013.

Then the scandal broke. Morgan and Morgan's John Yanchunis filed the case in Hillsborough County and hundreds of others across the country over VW's defective devices that cheated emissions tests.

DeRochemont, like others, feels trapped in cars they say VW won't buy back, vehicles that are spitting out an estimated 15 to 20 times more emissions than previously advertised.

The attorney handling these cases says it's simple: These owners want their money back. He expects they will settle or head to court with in the next year.