Harris County loses no time and files suit against Volkswagen and Audi over their manipulation of vehicle emissions testing, alleging violations of Texas state law, and seeking monetary damages, but not injunctive relief.
Apparently they were in such a hurry that the case, filed September 30, 2015 with the Harris County District Clerk and assigned to 234th District Court (Judge Wesley R. Ward), was erroneously classified as an appeal from a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) decision. But the benefits of the County hiring multiple private lawfirms to help it go after the VW bonanza are already paying off, -- not in terms of spoils, but in terms diffusion of responsibility. No telling really who can take credit for the mistake. Multiple lawyers' names are on the pleading, four of whom signed the original petition (elsewhere called complaint). The County Attorney's signature appears on the top of the signature and address blocks (which is significant under Rule 8), but the Civil Case Information Sheet was filled out and signed by one of the private attorneys. At least it won't have any substantive effect on the lawsuit. Case type categories and case information sheets are merely for statistical reporting purposes.
RULE 8 OF THE TEXAS RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
ORIGINAL PETITION BY HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS
AGAINST VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.
AND AUDI OF AMERICA, LLC