The Federal Court of Australia has approved the settlement of the Australian class actions against Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda over the diesel emissions issue, which was negotiated by Maurice Blackburn and Bannister Law on behalf of eligible Australian motorists. The settlement means that:
More detail about the settlement which has now been approved is contained in the Settlement Notice, which was distributed to potentially eligible Australian motorists in December 2019 and is available here.
A copy of the revised settlement scheme, approved by the Federal Court on 1 April 2020, is also available here.
On 13 May 2020, the Federal Court delivered its written judgment in relation to the approval of the settlement. A copy of the judgment is available here.
The registration process to claim a settlement payment has now closed. If you did not register by midnight 26 March 2020, you will not be entitled to receive any settlement payment.
There are two exceptions to this:
Please note that you may need to provide the following information to complete your claim or claim correction – we recommend that you find or obtain relevant documents or information before you complete your claim or claim correction:
You may also be required to provide documentation demonstrating that you held an interest in the affected vehicle as at either 18 September 2015 or 3 October 2015. In this event, we encourage you to provide a certificate of registration for the vehicle, which records its VIN and your name, from before either of those dates and another from after.
Under the settlement, any person who held an interest in an affected 1.6 or 2.0 litre “EA189” diesel engine Volkswagen, Audi or Skoda vehicle as at either 18 September 2015 or 3 October 2015 is eligible to claim a settlement payment. Most commonly, an “interest” in an affected vehicle will mean ownership of the vehicle as at either of those dates. It may also mean certain types of lease.
Subject to the exceptions above, you must have registered a claim by midnight 26 March 2020 in order to be entitled to receive a settlement payment.
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