In September, 2015, news broke that Volkswagen had been using illegal 'defeat devices' on its diesel cars in order to evade emissions tests. In a matter of days, the German car company was swamped by lawsuits. While the government's VW investigation continues to play out, the consumer class action was settled last October, when U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer approved a $10 billion package as part of a total $15 billion deal settling civil claims.
It was the largest class action settlement in history and the attorneys involved have walked away with a pretty penny themselves. Last Friday, Judge Breyer awarded $175 million in attorney's fees and costs to the plaintiffs' lawyers, Courthouse News Service reports.