Volkswagen’s reputation has suffered greatly after allegations that it violated consumer protection and environmental protections surfaced recently. The German company is facing billions of dollars in penalties, but perhaps the most terrifying part of it is just beginning: the class-action lawsuits.

Lawyers from different firms have already filed complaints, with plaintiffs from at least 20 states.

“It is not unusual to have class actions follow regulatory developments,” said Ballard Spahr partner Neal Walters, who defends corporations in product liability cases. “As serious as the allegations may be from the regulatory perspective, the class actions will not be as easy as they look.”

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