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Volkswagen set to face largest class action in British history over Dieselgate emissions cheating

A London court has announced that it will permit a class action lawsuit filed against Volkswagen to move forward. The lawsuit – filed over allegations of emissions cheating from Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” scandal – will be the largest class action lawsuit in British legal history.

In 2015, Volkswagen admitted that it had installed emissions cheat devices on 11 million diesel models worldwide. This device was designed to make the affected models appear to emit lower pollution levels during testing than they did under normal driving conditions. The affected vehicles included about 1.2 million VW, Audi, Skoda, and SEAT diesel models that had been sold in the U.K.

The class action lawsuit filed against Volkswagen in London accuses the automaker of defrauding drivers and forcing them to pay more than their vehicles were actually worth because of the company’s emissions cheating. The lawsuit also alleges that Volkswagen’s attempts to fix these vehicles in order to bring them into compliance with EU environmental laws have caused additional problems with the vehicles.

More than 60,000 vehicle owners joined the proposed class action lawsuit filed against Volkswagen in London’s High Court. After reviewing the vehicle owners’ class action complaint, the High Court indicated that it would allow the lawsuit to move forward. Lawyers representing the owners in their lawsuit say that their application for a Group Litigation Order (GLO), which would officially allow the case to move forward, is expected to be finalized by the High Court following its Easter recess.

In 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay $14.7 billion to settle allegations of emissions cheating on VW and Audi diesel models sold in the U.S. Volkswagen is still facing numerous individual lawsuits filed by individuals who decided to opt out of the Dieselgate settlement as part of the California multidistrict litigation (MDL) filed against the company.

Volkswagen pleaded guilty in 2017 to three federal criminal charges over the company’s emissions cheating scheme. Volkswagen agreed to spend up to $25 billion to resolve claims from vehicle owners or regulators. Volkswagen also agreed to buy back as many as 500,000 VW and Audi models affected by the Dieselgate scandal. Federal prosecutors also filed charges against eight VW executives who were accused of participating in the Dieselgate conspiracy.

Emissions Cheating Lawsuits Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Consumers who own or lease a vehicle affected by emissions cheating allegations against VW or other automakers may be eligible to file a lawsuit in order to recover damages for the excess costs they incurred and the loss of value to their vehicles. The first step in taking legal actions is to consult with an experienced attorney, who can advise you regarding your legal rights.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuits on behalf of VW and Audi owners whose vehicles were involved in the Volkswagen’s emissions cheating. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) that is overseeing the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in California on behalf of VW and Audi owners who filed lawsuits against Volkswagen. Heygood, Orr & Pearson expects to remain involved in the Dieselgate lawsuits throughout the litigation process, and will work to achieve the best possible results for consumers who were harmed by VW’s fraudulent conduct.

For more information about the emissions cheating lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson and to find out if you qualify to file a claim, contact our law office by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.

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