Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda Australian class actions

In November 2015, Maurice Blackburn launched three Federal Court class actions against Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda following the global diesel emissions issue being exposed.

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In Australia, the diesel emissions issue affects around 100,000 vehicles across 21 different models of Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda branded vehicles with 1.6 and 2.0 litre “EA189” diesel engines. The class actions allege that the affected vehicles were fitted with illegal defeat devices that were designed to cheat emissions tests, and seek to recover compensation for affected motorists.

UPDATE: We have reached an agreement to settle the Australian class actions against Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda over the diesel emissions issue. If approved by the Federal Court of Australia, the Volkswagen Group has, without admission of liability, agreed to pay between AU$87 million and AU$127.1 million to eligible Australian motorists plus legal costs and other payments.

A Settlement Notice has now been distributed to potentially affected motorists who may be eligible to receive a settlement payment if the settlement is approved. In order to claim a settlement payment, affected motorists must register a claim at www.vwsettlement.com.au. You must register your claim for a settlement payment even if you have previously registered your details with Maurice Blackburn.

The deadline to register your claim is 10 March 2020. If you fail to register by that date, you will not be entitled to receive any settlement payment.

A copy of the Settlement Notice is also available at www.vwsettlement.com.au.

How do I know if my diesel vehicle is affected?

Our class actions are brought on behalf of people who held an interest in any of the affected 1.6 and 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engine Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars as at 3 October 2015. People who held an interest in an affected car as at 18 September 2015 will also be eligible to participate in the settlement.

You can check whether you have an affected car by entering its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) at www.vwsettlement.com.au.

How do I claim a settlement payment?

The registration process for eligible motorists to claim a settlement payment has now opened. Please visit www.vwsettlement.com.au in order to register your claim for a settlement payment. You must register your claim for a settlement payment even if you have previously registered your details with Maurice Blackburn.

The deadline to register your claim is 10 March 2020. If you fail to register by that date, you will not be entitled to receive any settlement payment.

Who is Maurice Blackburn?

Maurice Blackburn is Australia’s leading class action law firm. We have achieved the nation’s biggest ever class actions recoveries, with eight of our largest class actions recovering in excess of $100 million each. Collectively our class actions have recovered well over $2.6 billion in compensation for victims of wrongdoing.

Contact us for further information

If you would like more information regarding the class action or proposed settlement, please visit www.vwsettlement.com.au or contact us by email at vw@mauriceblackburn.com.au or by telephone on 1800 517 397.