Three days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified German auto manufacturer Volkswagen that cars it had sold in the United States for six years were violating federal emission standards, Atlanta attorney Richard Robbins filed what he says is the first product liability case against the carmaker in Georgia.

Robbins filed the potential class action litigation in federal court in Atlanta on Sept. 21 for professional photographer Joel Silverman, a former environmental lawyer and the unhappy owner of a diesel VW Jetta Sportswagen. Robbins said that Volks­wagen’s acknowledged corporate deception in programming its diesel-fueled vehicles’ software to make it appear as if vehicle emissions were passing regulatory muster could not have affected a worse consumer demographic.

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