VW Group Diesel Emissions Activity
Settlement of the customer class-action lawsuits
The class action lawsuits filed on behalf of Australian customers relate to approximately 16,000 Australian EA189 Volkswagen, Audi, and Skoda vehicles. If all affected vehicles participate, each of these customers can expect a payment per vehicle of approximately AU $1,400 (approximately €870), on average.
A proposed settlement has been reached in the class action proceedings filed in the Federal Court of Australia against Volkswagen, Audi, and Skoda in relation to the diesel emissions issue. A Settlement Notice containing important information for group members on how to register to participate in the proposed settlement is now available on the Federal Court of Australia website at www.fedcourt.gov.au/law-and-practice/class-actions/class-actions or click here to download the Settlement Notice.
- Customers wishing to claim a settlement payment for their affected vehicle must register at www.vwsettlement.com.au
- The deadline for registration is 10 March 2020
- The settlement amount depends on how many affected vehicles participate in the proposed settlement, as well as on the Court's final approval of the settlement.
- The Settlement Administrator will advise registered group members of their settlement payments in 2020. It is likely that this will occur in mid-2020.
- Eligibility criteria are detailed at www.vwsettlement.com.au
ACCC Regulatory ruling
On 20 December 2019, the Federal Court of Australia dismissed the case brought by the ACCC in 2017 against AUDI AG and Audi Australia, in relation to some 12,000 Audi vehicles with EA189 diesel engines imported to Australia.
The decision relates specifically to the ACCC regulatory litigation and is separate from the in-principle settlement which has been reached in the customer class action proceedings.
Volkswagen AG has filed an appeal against the amount of the fine imposed by the Court, in relation to separate ACCC proceedings against VW AG.
Updated 24 February, 2020.