NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A Volkswagen lawyer says the company would like hundreds of federal civil lawsuits filed against the carmaker over its emissions cheating scandal to be consolidated in Michigan.
Volkswagen's attorneys were among hundreds of lawyers Thursday at a hearing in federal court in New Orleans to look at consolidating more than 460 lawsuits against the German carmaker.
The five judges of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard from the string of lawyers making their cases for consolidating the lawsuits in federal districts of their liking. The panel -- which happened to be meeting in New Orleans -- did not rule Thursday on where the lawsuits should be consolidated.
Volkswagen lawyer Jeffrey L. Chase asked the panel to choose Michigan, where VW is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.