Some Iowa Volkswagen drivers may be eligible for compensation

Carmakers Volkswagen and Audi have come to a settlement that requires them to refund and buy back or fix cars of more than 3,600 car owners in Iowa. The vehicles that sparked the lawsuit were equipped with software that falsified emission test results. While Volkswagen marketed the vehicles as environmentally friendly, they emitted harmful nitrogen oxide at rates up to 40 times the legal limit, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said.

The companies, as part of the $15 billion settlement, must send affected vehicle owners a restitution payment that Miller thinks will range between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the vehicle’s value as of September 2015, before news of the illegal software was reported. Volkswagen also must pay $2.7 billion for programs throughout the country to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, commit another $2 billion to producing zero-emission vehicles and pay $570 million to states for violations of consumer protection laws.

Because the settlement still requires a federal judge’s approval, the recall program may not begin for several months, Miller’s office said.

If you have been affected by negligent business practices or have been accused of such, you may be ordered to resolve outside of court. The lawyers of Arenson Law Group, PC can aid in the negotiation of settlements outside of court if you call at (319) 363-8199 as soon as possible.


Dakota Access disputes state archaeologist

A Texas oil company is challenging the findings and recommendation of Iowa’s state archaeologist to reroute its proposed Bakken oil pipeline in order to avoid northwestern Iowa’s Big Sioux River Wildlife area. Native tribes insist that the land is a sacred, ancient burial ground.

Lisa Dillinger, a spokeswoman for Dakota Access, said that State Archaeologist John Doershuk has jurisdiction of overseeing the relocation and handling of historic remains only if human remains found there are older than 150 years. Board Chairwoman Geri Huser was angered over the Iowa Utilities Board’s order to allow the construction because the permit is currently subject to judicial reviews. Dillinger contended that a 2004 archaeological survey cleared the property of any historic or archaeological sites. However, that survey was conducted for fence improvements and noted “no technique is completely adequate to locate all archaeological materials, especially deeply buried ones.” A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources stated only: “We are going to continue to work with all of the parties involved until all of the questions have been answered.”

If you have any legal needs relating to a boundary dispute, the legal team at Arenson Law Group, PC can help. Call us at (319) 363-8199 to discuss the details of your situation and learn more about your rights and options under the law.


Ciara’s demand of full custody for son Future turned down

A court recently decided to turn down singer and model Ciara’s request for full child custody of her son, Future.

The 30-year-old music artist claimed that the father of her child, Nayvadius Wilburn, who goes by the stage name “Future,” is a bad parent and is oftentimes away from their son for long periods of time. A court ruling decided that Ciara and Future will share joint custody of their 2-year-old son. The custody battle comes after Ciara filed a $15 million libel and slander lawsuit against Future. She accused the rapper of verbally attacking her and calling her a bad mother.

The lawyers at the Arenson Law Group, PC in Cedar Rapids represent individuals who are going through a divorce or fighting for custody of their children. If you believe that your children’s welfare is compromised by a former partner’s actions, we may be able to help you gain sole custody. Call our office at (319) 363-8199 to explore your legal options.


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