Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda 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 EA189 vehicles across 21 different models of Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda branded vehicles with certain 1.6L and 2.0L 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: On 16 September 2019 we informed the Federal Court that we had reached an agreement for the in-principle settlement of the class actions against Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda. Volkswagen Group has, without admission of liability, agreed to pay between $87 million and $127.1 million plus legal costs and other payments. The settlement will now need to be approved by the Federal Court of Australia before payments can be made to affected motorists.

At this stage, there is nothing that needs to be done in order to claim a settlement payment.

A ‘Settlement Notice’ will be distributed in due course that will provide information about what needs to be done in order to claim a payment.

We invite you to register your details with us or check that your details are complete and up to date, so that we can ensure that you receive more information about the settlement as events unfold and in order to ensure that you receive the Settlement Notice in due course. Registering with us does not mean you will become a client of Maurice Blackburn – it simply ensures that we have your details so that notices and other information can be sent to you.

How do I know if my diesel vehicle is affected?

Our class actions are brought on behalf people who acquired an interest in any of these affected 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engine Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars, and who held their interest in the car as at 3 October 2015.

On 16 September 2019 we informed the Federal Court that we had reached an agreement for the in-principle settlement of the class actions against Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda. Volkswagen Group has, without admission of liability, agreed to pay between $87 million and $127.1 million plus legal costs and other payments. The settlement will now need to be approved by the Federal Court of Australia before payments can be made to affected motorists.

At this stage, there is nothing that needs to be done in order to claim a settlement payment.

A ‘Settlement Notice’ will be distributed in due course that will provide information about what needs to be done in order to claim a payment.

We invite you to register your details with us or check that your details are complete and up to date, so that we can ensure that you receive more information about the settlement as events unfold and in order to ensure that you receive the Settlement Notice in due course. Registering with us does not mean you will become a client of Maurice Blackburn – it simply ensures that we have your details so that notices and other information can be sent to you.

How do I know if my diesel vehicle is affected?

Our class actions are brought on behalf people who acquired an interest in any of these affected 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engine Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars, and who held their interest in the car as at 3 October 2015.

See a full list of vehicles affected by the emissions scandal

Volkswagen timeline scandal

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.

How do I register my interest?

Register your interest in our diesel emission class actions and we will provide you with further information including the Settlement Notice that is to be disseminated in due course.  Registering your interest allows you to securely record your details with us, including the details of your affected diesel vehicle.

Contact us for further information

If you would like more information regarding the class action, please contact us: vw@mauriceblackburn.com.au or 1800 810 812 or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.