A tentative settlement agreement has been reached regarding the legal claims brought by owners of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter TDI vehicles with faulty emission systems against the Volkswagen Group of America. The final approval hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18, 2016.
Specific information about the compensation options available to consumers is available in the Court-approved notice at www.vwcourtsettlement.com. Settlements have not yet been reached for owners of 3.0-litter vehicles or competitor dealerships.
Consumers who own 2.0-liter TDI vehicles included in the recalls should begin gathering relevant documentation in preparation to submit their individual claims once the settlement is finalized. Information required includes VIN number, vehicle mileage, address, preferred dealer and more.
Eligible consumers will have a choice between a buy-back option plus restitution or an emissions fix with a cash payment. At www.vwcourtsettlement.com, owners may also enter their vehicle’s VIN number to determine eligibility and access the Online Claims Portal.
Judge Charles Breyer approved the preliminary settlement agreement last week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. The claims were filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Attorney General, The Federal Trade Commission, and a class of 2.0-liter TDI vehicle owners and lessees throughout the country.
Shareholder Jayne Conroy serves on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee of the Volkswagen MDL, which represents the class of vehicle owners and competitive dealers. The case is No. 2672, In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, And Products Liability Litigation.