Hyundai MPG Scandal Lawsuits Move Forward: Federal Courts Hear Consumer Watchdog's Request to Transfer All Hyundai and Kia

   Hyundai MPG Scandal Lawsuits Move Forward: Federal Courts Hear Consumer
Watchdog's Request to Transfer All Hyundai and Kia Mileage Lawsuits to Central
                            District of California

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Consumer lawsuits
related to Hyundai's misrepresentation of vehicle mileage moved a step closer
to court today when a special panel of federal court judges meeting in
Orlando, Florida held a hearing on a request by Consumer Watchdog lawyers to
centralize all such lawsuits in a Southern California federal court.

Acting in response to consumer complaints, in November 2011 and January 2012,
Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit citizen organization, demanded that the White
House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigate allegations
that Hyundai vehicles were falling far short of the "40 miles per gallon"
promised by Hyundai in its national advertising campaign. When the government
took no action, Consumer Watchdog lawyers sued Hyundai on behalf of a
California consumer in July 2012.

"In situations like this, where a company has misled customers and undermined
competition in the automobile marketplace on a national level, the most
effective way to make sure Hyundai and Kia customers get their day in court is
to centralize litigation in a single court," said Harvey Rosenfield, founder
of Consumer Watchdog and one of the lawyers on the consumer legal team.
"California is the best place, because the defendants are based here and our
lawsuits were filed here. We look forward to thoroughly and expeditiously
litigating this case and obtaining full justice for the consumers who have
been victimized."

Last November, the EPA confirmed that an audit of Hyundai and Kia cars
revealed that they did not achieve the stated mileage.

Thirty-two lawsuits were subsequently filed; on November 19, 2012, Consumer
Watchdog filed a petition asking the federal judiciary to transfer and
consolidate the cases in Southern California, where Hyundai and Kia are both
based.

Hyundai and Kia are part of Hyundai Motor Group – a South Korean chaebol, or
family owned conglomerate. The companies have announced they will offer
shortchanged motorists a "gift card" claiming to provide repayment for extra
gas, but the lawsuits filed by Consumer Watchdog on behalf of motorists allege
that the gift cards are inadequate, and demand that Hyundai cover the inflated
amount of the purchase price of the car, the decrease in its resale value and
the full amount of the unexpected fuel costs.

The legal team, which includes the nationally-recognized firms of Cotchett,
Pitre and McCarthy, LLP of Burlingame, CA; Cuneo, Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP of
Washington, D.C.; Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP of Sacramento, CA,
along with attorneys for Consumer Watchdog, have filed suits on behalf of
Hyundai and Kia buyers nationwide.

A decision by the federal Multi-District Litigation panel is expected within a
few weeks.

For more information on the Consumer Watchdog litigation against Hyundai and
Kia, visit this page. Documents include the petition before the Multi-District
Litigation Panel that was heard today as well as the complaint in Krauth v.
Hyundai.

Find us online at www.ConsumerWatchdog.org

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog

Website: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org
Contact: Laura Antonini, +1-310-392-0522 x318
 
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