Collective Actions

The VW NOx emissions collective action

We have successfully secured a significant financial settlement on behalf of around 70,000 car owners, as a result of the collective action emissions claim we co-led against the VW Group.

Car exhaust and fumes

Slater and Gordon has successfully secured a significant financial settlement for many thousands of car owners, as a result of the collective action emissions claim, in which we represented the vast majority of Claimants against the VW Group.

The case came after Volkswagen Group was found to have installed software into certain vehicles which detected when the cars were undergoing emissions testing, and would temporarily reduce the amount of harmful exhaust gas, to meet the testing standards. Our specialist Collective Actions lawyers dedicated a significant and unwavering commitment to this case and have secured a significant outcome.

This settlement avoids the need for a potentially lengthy and expensive trial and provides a financial result that is fair and right for Claimants.

Our specialist lawyers brought over 71,000 of the 91,000 claims in the VW Group dieselgate claim which is thought to be the largest group action in British legal history in terms of number of Claimants.

Where can I get more information on the VW Group emissions claim settlement?

We’ll be providing Claimants in the VW Group emissions claim with the latest news and updates via email, including a Settlement Guide which will answer most questions and provide further information.

If you registered a claim with Slater and Gordon, please check your junk or spam folders if you haven’t received an email from us, and add our address to your list of safe senders. You don’t need to take any action; we’ll contact you when we have further news to report.

DO NOT TRY TO CONTACT US AS THIS MAY CAUSE UNNECESSARY DELAYS.

If you have not received an email from us or have a question that’s not been covered in our communications, please email emissions@slatergordon.co.uk.

If you have a media enquiry about the VW Group emissions claim, please contact our press office at press@slatergordon.co.uk.

How much has each Claimant received?

VW Group has paid a total overall payment of £193m by way of settlement in respect of the 91,000 claims in this group action, in addition to a contribution to costs and other expenses. Slater and Gordon represented over 75% of these Claimants and will be writing to their clients to advise of their individual financial payment, on confidential terms.

As with many settlements of this nature, further details are confidential.

When will they receive their money?

We expect the process of paying out the majority of our Claimants to take around 4-6 weeks and we will be in touch with each individual Claimant as soon as possible with an update.

What if Claimants don’t want to accept the settlement?

The settlement is binding on all of Slater and Gordon’s Claimant group. Claimants represented by Slater and Gordon authorised a representative Claimant Committee when joining the claim to act on their behalf. This is a common feature of this type of litigation because it allows the thousands of Claimants to make decisions through that committee in an efficient and timely manner. The Claimant Committee agreed to settle all claims on behalf of the Claimant group based on Slater and Gordon’s advice, and it is now legally binding.

Has VW Group admitted liability?

No admissions in respect of liability, causation or loss have been made by any of the Defendants, however, an apology statement on the part of the VW Group has been issued. The litigation has achieved its aim of securing a financial result for each vehicle owner in the claim.

What are Collective Actions and why has one been pursued in this case?

A Collective Action, also referred to as a group action or group litigation, is a mechanism whereby a large number of people with similar claims can be brought together with the aim of seeking justice on behalf of the whole group. Collective Actions have considerable benefits in holding large corporations to account as the individual Claimants can benefit from strength in numbers backed by litigation funding and the ability to share the cost of the litigation across a large number of Claimants.

Are Slater and Gordon running other collective actions emissions claims?

We have had considerable success with Collective Action cases and we are running a claim on behalf of Mercedes diesel vehicle owners affected by cheating software installed into their cars. If you'd like to find out more about this claim, please visit:

Mercedes emission claim

Who is on the Claimant Committee?

A group of five Claimants forming a committee representative of the broader Claimant group and authorised to make decisions on their behalf in relation to the proceedings.

To read the official statement, click here.

Media contact information

Daniel Cochlin

Head of External Communications

Slater and Gordon

daniel.cochlin@slatergordon.uk

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