SAN DIEGO (June 26, 2017) – A San Francisco federal judge has appointed CaseyGerry’s managing partner David S. Casey, Jr. to the national Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) overseeing the Eco Diesel Litigation against Fiat Chrysler now pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Casey, Jr. and Rachel Jensen of Robbins Geller are the only San Diego attorneys to serve on the committee, which now oversees litigation for In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability, MDL No. 17-MD-02777-EMC – a case similar to the VW Diesel Emissions litigation. Plaintiffs allege Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV installed emission-cheating devices – hiding the true emission levels that exceeded government standards – in select Jeep and Dodge vehicles, selling them as “eco-diesel” vehicles.
U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California, presiding over the litigation, named Casey, Jr. as one of nine attorneys on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. In making the PSC appointments, Chen cited various factors including “experience, resources, the scope of the class (e.g., geographic spread, categories of class members), the support of other attorneys and diversity.
Casey, Jr., whose father founded San Diego’s oldest plaintiffs’ law firm 70 years ago, also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, which yielded billions for consumers and environmental remediation and stands as the largest consumer auto industry class action settlement in history.
“It’s an honor to work with this prestigious group of attorneys to seek a fair and reasonable resolution for those around the country who were affected by these companies’ behaviors,” Casey, Jr. said, noting CaseyGerry was one of the firms to file a class action suit on behalf of several individuals in the earlier Volkswagen case.
According to Casey, Jr., the two cases are similar in that they involve use of illegal software in some vehicles to indicate they produced lower emissions than they actually did – in violation of Clean Air rules. In the Chrysler Fiat class action, the more than 100,000 trucks and SUVs involved are primarily Dodge Rams and Jeep Grand Cherokees.
A third-generation attorney, Casey, Jr. has helped his firm recover billions of dollars on behalf of clients and has spent 43 years practicing law. He is past president of the American Association of Trial Lawyers (now known as the American Association for Justice) and has been lauded with numerous professional accolades throughout his career, including a perpetual award in his honor, the “David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award” from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Casey Gerry was established in 1947, and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s 19 attorneys practice in numerous areas, including serious personal injury, product liability, pharmaceutical, mass tort, aviation and class action litigation. Headquartered at 110 Laurel St. in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego, the firm also has an office in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif. For more information, visit www.caseygerry.com.