Audi factories raided in bid to uncover truth on Dieselgate
17 March 2017
One week after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took Federal Court action against Audi for its role in the Volkswagen global emissions cheat device scandal, German authorities have reportedly raided Audi’s German headquarters in connection with the emissions scandal.
Jason Geisker, Principal running the Maurice Blackburn Australian class action for affected VW, Audi and Skoda motorists, said the dramatic move by German law enforcement authorities is likely a response to the stonewalling tactics the company is employing globally, including in the current Federal Court actions against them in Australia.
“This is a significant move, potentially borne out of frustration by those authorities who are no doubt tired of getting the run around by Audi regarding their global emissions cheating scandal,” Mr Geisker said.
Maurice Blackburn is the only Australian law firm conducting class actions against the European manufacturers, Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda, on behalf of affected Australian motorists.
“Sadly, affected Australian motorists have been frustrated by Audi’s actions here too, as Audi continues to delay and raise procedural points through the Federal Court process.”
One such frustrated motorist is Audi driver and lead plaintiff in Maurice Blackburn’s class action against the car giant, Robyn Richardson, herself a lawyer.
“I’ve been deeply disappointed in the company’s focus on cover up rather than making genuine attempts to offer a meaningful resolution to those it cheated,” Ms Richardson said.
“It will be intriguing to see if the coordinated raids in Germany reveal information that demonstrates some of the true nature of exactly what happened internally that allowed this major global scandal to occur. We hope it does, because Australian drivers also want answers and a remedy.”
Media reports state that dozens of law enforcement officials searched Audi’s Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm factories and VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters, among a range of other sites, offices and private apartments in order to uncover information relating to the deployment of the cheat technology and the provision of false information.
“It is important for affected Australian motorists to understand that the class actions against VW, Audi and Skoda are still the only viable avenue giving affected motorists a chance to obtain compensation for being stuck with dirty diesels rather than the clean green cars they thought they had bargained for,” Mr Geisker said.
Those affected who wish to obtain representation from Maurice Blackburn in the class actions over the Dieselgate scandal can go to www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/volkswagen for more information.