Cars Owners’ legal actions against Volkswagen in UK and Europe join forces

18:15  16 june  2017
18:15  16 june  2017 Source:   Autocar

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A British law firm is collaborating with European owner groups against Volkswagen in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Close. A British law firm representing 41,000 Volkswagen owners in the UK affected by the Dieselgate emissions scandal has joined forces with Dutch lawyers

A British law firm representing 41,000 Volkswagen owners in the UK affected by the Dieselgate emissions scandal has joined forces with Dutch lawyers representing 180,000 owners . The two are collaborating to secure compensation for Volkswagen drivers who are taking action against the

Owners’ legal actions against Volkswagen in UK and Europe join forces © Autocar Owners’ legal actions against Volkswagen in UK and Europe join forces

A British law firm representing 41,000 Volkswagen owners in the UK affected by the Dieselgate emissions scandal has joined forces with Dutch lawyers representing 180,000 owners.

The two are collaborating to secure compensation for Volkswagen drivers who are taking action against the brand over the scandal.

The groups are working together against Volkswagen and parts supplier Bosch, who yesterday faced accusations of having created the software that allowed cars to cheat official emissions tests. 

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A British law firm representing 41,000 Volkswagen owners in the UK affected by the Dieselgate emissions scandal has joined forces with Dutch You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Owners ’ legal actions against Volkswagen in UK

More than 25,000 British motorists have joined legal action against car giant Volkswagen over the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal. Motorists take their fight to the High Court today seeking a green light to proceed with the UK ’s first ‘class action ’.

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Damon Parker, head of litigation and founding partner of the British law firm, Harcus Sinclair UK, said: “Financial compensation is not the only issue. They wish to prevent corporations thinking that they can deceive customers and harm people’s health and the environment with impunity.”

Volkswagen’s stance towards affected European owners has steadfastly been that of no compensation, despite payouts and buy-backs being offered to customers in the US. Volkswagen has said that this is due to a different, more extensive and time-consuming recall in the US. 

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Volkswagen owners in Europe at most get a software update and a short length of plastic tubing. The startling gap in treatment is the result of European laws that shield corporations from class action suits brought by unhappy consumers. Franz said of US owners . Consumers joining forces .

Liz Gabrel, the owner of a VW Tiguan, was one of the first to join the legal action . Volkswagen pleads guilty to all criminal charges in emissions cheating scandal. Volkswagen boss says firm in Europe 'misled nobody' over emissions.

The Dutch foundation of 180,000 Volkswagen owners was founded shortly after the Dieselgate scandal broke, but has fruitlessly attempted to reach a settlement with Volkswagen. It claims to be the largest consumer claim in Europe, and is also working in partnership with similar foundations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Volkswagen is currently working to fix 20,000 of the 1.2 million affected cars per week in the UK, and has rebuffed suggestions that the fix applied to cars worsens fuel economy and causes breakdowns following its installation. 

We are awaiting response from Volkswagen on the matter.

Related: VW's Dieselgate spreads to Bosch (Financial Times)

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