3 things you need to know about the Volkswagen scandal

Volkswagen wants a judge to delay a trial for one of its emissions cheating lawsuits after an opposing lawyer appeared in a Netflix documentary as well as likened the carmaker to Nazis.

In a court document filed Friday, Volkswagen U.S. describes a scene inside the newly released Netflix docu-series, “Dirty Money.” In This specific, lawyer Mike Melkerson discusses the revelation of which VW used monkeys to test the effects of diesel fumes.

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“One cannot help to think back throughout history of another series of events involving individuals being gassed by a person who was actually at the opening of the very first Volkswagen factory [cut to Adolf Hitler],” Melkerson says inside the documentary, according to the court document.

VW has been swamped with legal battles ever since This specific admitted in 2015 to rigging millions of diesel cars worldwide to cheat on emissions tests. The scandal has cost the company at least $30 billion.

Melkerson is usually representing David Doar, the owner of a diesel-fueled Jetta who is usually seeking $725,000 plus attorneys fees by Volkswagen. He accused the company of fraud as well as violating local trade laws.

Related: Monkeys were used to test diesel fumes, German carmakers say

The trial is usually set to begin February 26, however VW argues of which Melkerson’s comments are “inflammatory” as well as accused him of going on a “campaign” of which could unfairly sway jurors.

VW said inside the filing of which This specific can’t get a fair trial “in an atmosphere in which pretrial publicity has connected This specific directly with Hitler as well as the Holocaust as well as some other horrors.”

The carmaker is usually asking for a six-month “cooling-off” period “during which the prejudicial taint may, hopefully, abate,” the filing says.

When reached for comment Sunday, Melkerson called Volkswagen’s attempt to delay “monkey business.”

“Volkswagen up until right now has been able to — with its great deal of money as well as worldwide influence — to shut people up by simply paying them to go away,” Melkerson said. “of which’s going to stop.”

Melkerson claims VW has attempted to shield itself by public scrutiny by settling cases before trial or “using their expensive lawyers to file an never-ending slosh of motions to try to put an end” to lawsuits.

He said his client, Doar, is usually “prepared to take [his case] all the way.”

Melkerson said he recorded the interview of which appears inside the Netflix documentary last summer, as well as he didn’t know when the streaming service might Discharge This specific.

sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published February 4, 2018: 7:14 PM ET