Harcus Sinclair Takes The Legal Case Against VW, Audi, Seat And Skoda To The High Court On Behalf Of Car Owners In England And Wales Affected By The Emissions Scandal

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London, 9 January 2017:
Harcus Sinclair UK Limited, a leading UK law firm specialising in large group litigation, has applied for a group litigation order in claims against VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda arising out of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.  The scandal has affected 1.2 million cars in the UK alone.


This is the first group litigation order sought in relation to the VW emissions scandal on behalf of UK consumers. A group litigation order is the Court’s mechanism for handling claims involving a large number of claimants who share the same complaint. The application for the group litigation order will be heard in the High Court on 30 January 2017. Media is permitted to attend.


Current or previous owners of cars affected by the scandal can seek redress by joining the legal action at www.vwemissionsaction.com .  Affected cars include VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda vehicles with 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 EA 189 diesel engines manufactured between 2009 and 2015.  The value of the compensation sought is estimated to be in the region of several thousand pounds per car. There is no cost to joining the legal action.


In the interest of securing the best outcome for as many car owners in England and Wales who have been affected by the scandal, Harcus Sinclair is collaborating with law firms including Slater and Gordon. As the Lead solicitor, Harcus Sinclair will be the Lead Solicitor on the record at Court and responsible for instructing Counsel and preparing and filing of court documents, directing overall litigation strategy and reporting to claimants on the progress of the claim.


About the case


The key allegation is that the affected cars should not have been certified as fit for sale because it is alleged that they produced higher levels of NOx emissions than the rules allowed. It is also alleged that the affected vehicles only passed official emissions tests because their engines were fitted with a 'defeat device' which reduces NOx emissions under test conditions.


According to the government Department for Rural Affairs, NOx emissions cause 23,000 premature deaths in the UK each year.


Damon Parker, head of litigation at Harcus Sinclair UK Ltd said: “We have paved the way for consumers who trusted but were let down by VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda to seek redress through our Courts. It is only right that UK car owners affected by the scandal have the opportunity to seek compensation.  We have secured funding so that those affected can bring this claim against VW at no cost to themselves. The group action aims to ensure that, if VW is found to have misled consumers about the environmental damage caused by their cars, they are penalised accordingly so as to discourage this sort of behaviour from happening again.”


Jacqueline Young, head of group litigation at Slater and Gordon, said: “VW has shown utter contempt, not just for the rights and health of their UK consumers but also for the environment. This legal action is the best opportunity that British customers will have for holding VW to account over this scandal.”


Joining the action against VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda


Claimants can join the legal action by going to www.vwemissionsaction.com , which was set up by Harcus Sinclair to provide more information about the case and to allow those affected by the emissions scandal to join the legal action.


Individuals and small companies can join the claim without cost. Litigation in the UK can be lengthy and expensive, which can deter individuals from taking legal action. So for the purpose of the case against VW, Harcus Sinclair has secured third party funding and insurance. Litigation funder Therium Capital Management is funding the claim.


Harcus Sinclair is a leading UK law firm which is focused on litigation and specialises in bringing group action cases. Based in London, the firm has a strong track record of delivering successful outcomes both in the UK and internationally.


Harcus Sinclair has instructed Oliver Campbell QC, Adam Heppinstall and Nazeer Chowdhury, of Henderson Chambers.  Gregory Treverton-Jones QC 39 Essex Street and Alexander Hutton QC of Hailsham Chambers.


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For more information about the legal case:


www.vwemissionsaction.com


For media enquiries, please contact:


Désirée Maghoo

Questor Consulting

020 7938 8959

dmaghoo@questorconsulting.com


Simon Barker

Sbarker@questorconsulting.com

 

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