Volkswagen faces potential UK Dieselgate class action lawsuit

by John Chapman

Volkswagen is facing a massive class action lawsuit in Great Britain involving at least 60,000 vehicle owners who allege that their cars were affected by emissions cheating. The British class action is the latest in a series of legal actions against Volkswagen since the company admitted to diesel emissions cheating on VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel models in 2015.

The High Court in London is currently weighing whether to allow the vehicle owners’ lawsuit against VW to move forward. If approved, the class action lawsuit would likely become the largest such case in British legal history.

The class action lawsuit centers around allegations of emissions cheating involving Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen diesel models that were manufactured by VW. In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted that it had installed emissions cheat devices on 11 million diesel vehicles. These devices were designed to make the affected models appear to emit lower levels of pollution when they underwent emissions testing; under normal driving conditions, the vehicles release emissions that were much high than amounts allowed under environmental regulations. About 1.2 million of the 11 million affected vehicles were sold in Great Britain.

Following VW’s admission in what became known as the “Dieselgate” scandal, the company was hit with thousands of lawsuits filed by drivers who owned or leased diesel vehicles that were affected by VW’s emissions cheating. In 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay $14.7 billion to settle thousands of emissions cheating claims in the U.S.  However, thousands of lawsuits filed in connection with the Dieselgate scandal are still pending against VW.

In addition to the thousands of lawsuits file by VW owners, the company has also faced lawsuits filed by government regulators around the world in connection with the emissions cheating scandal. These lawsuits have accused Volkswagen of violating environmental regulations and securities laws.

Although Volkswagen has paid billions in fines in the U.S. after admitting to allegations of emissions cheating, the company continues to insist that it violated no laws in Europe. After updating many of the vehicles involved in the emissions cheating allegations, Volkswagen now claims that these vehicles are performing as advertised.

However, many VW owners involved in the British Dieselgate class action allege that their cars have suffered declines in performance and fuel efficiency after they were updated by the German automaker. These consumers are asking British courts to award them damages equal to 100% of the purchase price of their vehicles as a result of VW’s misleading claims about the performance and eco-friendliness of their cars.

Emissions Cheating Lawsuits Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuits on behalf of VW and Audi diesel owners across the U.S. whose cars were involved in theDieselgate scandal. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in this litigation, which is helping oversee a Multidistrict Litigation (or MDL) in California on behalf of VW and Audi diesel owners.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is also representing clients who were affected by emissions cheating on Audi gasoline models, Dodge and Jeep diesel trucks sold by Fiat Chrysler, and Chevrolet and GMC trucks made by General Motors. Consumers who purchased or leased one of the vehicles affected by emissions cheating by Audi, Chrysler, or GM may also qualify to file a lawsuit.

For more information on the emissions cheating claims filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson and to find out whether you may qualify to file a case, contact our law firm by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions to get started.

by John Chapman

John Chapman is a licensed attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation (including securities fraud, RICO, shareholder oppression, and derivative actions) and personal injury litigation.