Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda class actions

Maurice Blackburn has launched Australia’s first and only class action proceedings that include claims against the international parent companies of Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda over the global defeat devices emissions scandal impacting Australian motorists.

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These claims present the most comprehensive chance of affected Australian motorists successfully recovering some compensation for being left with diesel vehicles facing serious devaluation.

Registering your diesel vehicle and claim as part of our class action proceedings costs you nothing and can be done now. It’s the best chance you have of recovering potentially thousands of dollars of losses and holding the company to account for its wrongdoing.

Is my vehicle affected?

Click here to see a full list of vehicles affected by the emissions scandal

Maurice Blackburn has filed class action proceedings on behalf of motorists with 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre affected Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda vehicles. 

Maurice Blackburn is also investigating a further potential Australian consumer law action against the Volkswagen Group following media reports that certain 3.0 litre vehicles may also contain a defeat device which enabled them to cheat on emissions tests. Maurice Blackburn is taking registrations for affected 3.0 litre Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen vehicles now.

Will Australian consumers receive compensation?

Volkswagen has failed to provide clarity on how it is intending to compensate Australian consumers who might lose thousands of dollars in increased running costs or reduced re-sale value for diesel vehicles. 

A voluntary recall has been announced for affected 1.6 and 2.0 litre cars, however it is our view that resolving this issue for consumers is unfortunately not as straightforward as simply removing defeat device chips from the affected vehicles. The revelation of the Dieselgate scandal has already impacted the resale value of affected cars. While removing these devices is necessary, the removal will likely impact on the vehicle’s resale value, future engine performance, fuel efficiency, durability of parts, and service intervals, and Volkswagen to date has failed to provide any advice to consumers on how they will manage these impacts.

The class actions mechanism is the best chance people have of holding companies that have caused mass wrongdoing to account, and Maurice Blackburn urge anyone affected by this recall to register their interest with us via our website as soon as possible.

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Maurice Blackburn is the nation’s leading class action law firm, having secured the nation’s only class actions recoveries in excess of $100 million, having done that for clients eight times now. Maurice Blackburn's class actions have recovered over $2B in compensation for victims of wrongdoing.

How do I register?

Simply click here to register for the Maurice Blackburn class action.

Here you can input your details, including the details of your affected diesel vehicle, and you can also click to retain us to represent your claim as part of the class action if you wish.

What about legal costs?

Maurice Blackburn is conducting the class actions on a No Win, No Fee basis.

You do not need to retain us as your lawyers to be a group member in the class action. However, only those people who retain us (by accepting the Maurice Blackburn Client Agreement) will have access to specialised services provided by our team of lawyers, including:

  • Legal advice about your individual claim;
  • Assistance with your individual loss assessment, based on your own circumstances; and
  • Access to regular updates about the progress of the class actions via our Maurice Blackburn portal.

Typically the costs of conducting a class action are apportioned across all group members, regardless of whether they have retained a lawyer or not. Generally, if the claim is successful the Court orders the majority of those costs to be paid by the defendants.

Contact us

If you would like more information regarding the class action or our No Win, No Fee agreement, please contact us: vw@mauriceblackburn.com.au or 1800 810 812 or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Class Actions Update

The Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda class actions are scheduled for a stage one trial in the Federal Court of Australia commencing on 30 October 2017.  Those that register and become Maurice Blackburn clients receive regular updates about the progress of the class actions and exclusive access to Maurice Blackburn’s apps and advice materials that will assist them.