A familiar name is set to be named by a U.S. judge in order to reach a settlement between the United States and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles.
According to Reuters, Kenneth Feinberg will be named as the settlement master over ongoing lawsuits against FCA’s alleged emission cheat scandal. Federal judge Edward Chen in San Francisco said in an order issued last week that “there is a pressing need to determine if all or some of the pending matters can be resolved by the parties sooner rather than later.”
Chen gave both parties until today, July 12, to file objections against Feinberg’s appointment. Feinberg has overseen compensation funds in a number of situations. Notably, he presided over the September 11 terrorist attack fund and the General Motors ignition switch scandal. He also consulted for Volkswagen as it worked out compensation for its diesel emission deceit.
FCA was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice this past May after it failed to appropriately explain why a handful of auxiliary emission devices were present and undisclosed on its Ram and Jeep vehicles equipped with the EcoDiesel V6 engine.
Since then, FCA has remained confident the U.S. organizations will approve its submitted fix to the affected vehicles. The automaker has also begun building the Ram Diesel pickup again in small batches.