Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda

Australian Class Actions

Proposed settlement

Maurice Blackburn and Bannister Law have reached an agreement to settle the Australian class actions against Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda over the diesel emissions issue. If approved by the Federal Court of Australia, the Volkswagen Group has, without admission of liability, agreed to pay between AU$87 million and AU$127.1 million to eligible Australian motorists plus legal costs and other payments.

More detail about the settlement, as well as the “funding order” and “funding equalisation order”, is contained in the Settlement Notice, which has been approved by the Federal Court of Australia and is available here. The settlement and orders themselves must still be approved by the Federal Court before they can be implemented and before any settlement payments can be made.

A copy of the settlement scheme is also available here.

As part of the settlement approval process, eligible Australian motorists have the right to object to the settlement, funding order and/or funding equalisation order, and to make their views known to the Federal Court. If would like to object to the settlement, funding order and/or funding equalisation order in writing, you must register your objection online by 10 March 2020. You may also, but do not need to, attend the hearing at which the Federal Court will be asked to approve the settlement and to grant those orders, which will occur on 26 March 2020, in Sydney in the Law Courts Building at Queens Square.

Any written objections registered online by 10 March 2020 will be communicated to the Federal Court as part of the settlement approval process.

Can I object to the settlement, “funding order” and/or “funding equalisation order”? 

Any person who is eligible to claim a settlement payment can object to the settlement, funding order and/or funding equalisation order. This means that 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 can object. 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.

You can check whether you have a vehicle affected by the diesel emissions issue by entering its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) below.

You can object to the settlement, funding order and/or funding equalisation order whether or not you also register a claim for a settlement payment at www.vwsettlement.com.au.  

How do I object to the settlement, “funding order” and/or “funding equalisation order”?

You can object to the settlement, funding order and/or funding equalisation order in writing by 10 March 2020 or by appearing in person or through a legal representative at the settlement approval hearing in the Federal Court on 26 March 2020.

In order to object to the settlement, funding order and/or funding equalisation order in writing, you must register your objection using the objections portal below by 10 March 2020. Please enter the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) for your vehicle and click to check that it is a vehicle affected by the diesel emissions issue.

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

The VIN is a unique code made up of 17 letters and numbers, which identifies your vehicle. Please ensure that you correctly enter the VIN, including checking that:

  • The number “0” is not mistyped as the letter “O” (or vice versa)
  • The number “1” is not mistyped as the letter “l” (or vice versa)
  • The number “2” is not mistyped as the letter “Z” (or vice versa)
  • Any sequence of the letters “W” and “V” (for example “WVW”) is typed correctly

You can usually find the VIN on a plate or sticker under the bonnet, near the engine bay, or inside the passenger side door on the “B” pillar of your vehicle. It may also be recorded in the certificates of registration, insurance papers, service log book, or other documentation for your vehicle.

  

Questions 

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Contact us

For further information or if you have any other questions, please contact our team by email at vw@mauriceblackburn.com.au or by telephone on 1800 517 397. If you have any questions about the funding order and/or funding equalisation order, then you should contact Bannister Law by telephone on 1300 728 760 or by email at vwclients@bannisterlaw.com.au

Please note that Maurice Blackburn will be closed from 23 December 2019 and reopening on 2 January 2020. We appreciate your patience during this time and note that you will have until 10 March 2020 to register an objection in writing.