Kenneth Feinberg has been charged with brokering a deal in multidistrict litigation (MDL) over whether certain diesel engines in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vehicles emitted excessive pollutants. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen announced last month that Feinberg will be the settlement master. In that role as settlement master, Feinberg will not have any adjudication responsibilities, but will instead seek to facilitate a settlement between Fiat and the Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs in this case include consumers, car dealers and the federal government.
Feinberg, who in my opinion is one of the best in his field, had strong support from counsel for Fiat Chrysler and various individual Plaintiffs to serve as settlement master.
The Plaintiffs are represented by lead counsel and chair of the steering committee Elizabeth Cabraser. The steering committee members are Dee Miles from our firm; Roland K. Tellis of Baron & Budd PC; Lesley E. Weaver of Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP; David S. Casey Jr. of Casey Gerry Schenk Franca Villa Blatt & Penfield LLP; Lynn Lincoln Sarko of Keller Rohrback LLP; Joe Rice of Motley Rice LLC, Rachel L. Jensen of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, Stacey P. Slaughter of Robins Kaplan LLP; and Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
The case is In Re: Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, (case number 3:17-md-02777-EMC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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