Volkswagen will face charges filed in over 500 civil cases related to its use of emissions test cheating software in San Francisco, California. The decision was made by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation which also appointed US District Judge Charles Breyer to hear the cases.
The news comes as a blow for the VW group, who along with U.S. Department of Justice, had urged the panel to send the cases to Detroit. The litigants' lawyers had suggested numerous venues across the United States.
However, the panel ultimately decided to assign the cases to the Northern District of California in San Francisco, where the first Volkswagen case in the country was filed. The judicial panel noted that while the VW lawsuits are"international in scope," nearly a fifth of the cases filed so far were in California and the California Air Resources Board had played a key role in uncovering VW's emissions fraud in September.