THE HIGH COURT HAS INDICATED THAT IT WILL BE RECOMMENDING THE GROUP LITIGATION ORDER FOR CONSUMERS IN ENGLAND AND WALES IN RELATION TO VW FOR DIESELGATEMarch 2018 | Press Releases
DEADLINE TO JOIN THE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST VW IS EXPECTED TO BE AT THE END OF OCTOBER THIS YEAR
London 29 March 2018: Slater and Gordon, the law firm representing the largest group of over 40,000 car owners affected by the emissions scandal in the litigation against VW, has been awarded a joint lead role in the legal action against VW, subject to approval of the President of the Queens Bench Division.
The legal action group being led by Slater and Gordon is being funded by Therium, a leading global litigation funder, which is paying for all of the legal costs. There is therefore no cost to joining the legal action at 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.
Gareth Pope, from Slater and Gordon which is representing more than 40,000 affected car owners, said: “We have made a huge step forward in the affected motorists’ battle for justice against the world’s largest car manufacturer. The granting of the Group Litigation Order allows all affected VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi car owners to join forces rather than fight individual cases.
“VW profited by betraying the trust of their customers. It has been two years since the scandal broke and the only thing that VW has offered UK consumers is a fix that our clients have told us doesn’t work. Now those consumers have the chance to hold VW to account for their deceit and will finally have their day in court. Given the scale of the deceit affecting over one million car owners in England and Wales, we have put in place funding so that consumers don’t have to pay to join the claim, making it possible for as many past and present owners as possible to join what we expect will be the largest consumer legal action in the country’s history regardless of whether VW have ‘fixed’ their cars.”
The first pre-trial hearing is expected to be in early 2019.
Notes to editors
Lawyers representing car owners will argue that by installing the so called “defeat devices” in their cars to cheat on emissions tests, VW deceived people into buying cars which were not compliant with emissions regulations when they represented otherwise. The lawyers will argue that VW profited by lying about the compliance of their cars and betrayed the trust of consumers who thought they were purchasing a car that met emissions standards and which was fit to be sold to UK customers when this was not the case.
A ‘Group Litigation Order’ (GLO) will allow affected car owners in the England and Wales to have their claims managed together by the same court and apply findings of fact and law to all claimants consistently, rather than every car owner having to sue VW individually.
All past and present owners of affected VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda cars are encouraged to join the claim.
Owners of affected vehicles can join the action regardless of whether they have had their cars fixed by VW or not.
Similar cases in the United States and Canada have been settled by VW, which paid out over $US14 billion in civil and criminal sanctions in the United States. The fact that VW have compensated car owners in the United States but refuse to provide compensation in the UK is deeply unfair. This case is car owners’ only chance to hold VW to account.
The legal action being brought by Slater and Gordon is being fully funded by Therium, a leading global litigation funder. There is no upfront payment to join the legal action.
Tom Gardner, Slater and Gordon, 07964 109014
Justin Penrose, Slater and Gordon, 07772 932252
Desiree Maghoo, Questor Consulting, 07775 522740