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VW DIESEL EMISSIONS
COMPENSATION IN THE UK

Why you should claim compensation?

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If you’ve ever owned a diesel VW, Audi, Skoda or Seat you might be eligible to claim back the ENTIRE PURCHASE PRICE OF YOUR CAR!

This is because VW group deliberately misled you about how high your car's emissions were.
The extra emissions damaged both the environment and your car's performance.

In the US, VW have already been successfully taken to court and on average car owners won around £5,000.

VW have set aside a huge £23bn for liabilities arising from the emissions scandal.

How do you obtain compensation?

By joining a group of thousands of owners led by claim experts SPG Law, you have the best chance of ensuring you get the full compensation set aside for you.

We do everything for you and make your claim simple.
We operate a no-win, no-fee basis, and unlike other law firms, we cap our fees and we aim to recover the whole purchase price of the car.

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SPG Law are a top UK law firm combining the talents of some of the UK's leading solicitors and barristers with the financial resources and expertise of American class action lawyers.

We are passionate about winning this case and are determined to hold VW to account.

In the USA, our sister firm Sanders Phillips Grossman has already won over $1 billion of compensation for consumers in similar cases.

SPG LAW IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED LAW FIRM

REASONS YOU SHOULD TAKE ACTION

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ENVIRONMENT

Tackle a large company for mistreating the environment.

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FINANCIAL GAIN

If eligible, you could be owed up to 100% of your cars value.

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WE MAKE IT SIMPLE

SPG will ensure that the process is simple and straightforward.

THE SCANDAL

On the 18 September, 2015 it was revealed that VW had dishonestly cheated the US emissions testing regime in respect of NOx emissions and it quickly became established that 1.2 million vehicles containing illegal "defeat devices" had been supplied to purchasers in the UK. Each of these vehicles, which ought to have never been on UK roads, emits NOx pollution at levels far higher than that permitted by law.

The excess pollution caused by vehicles supplied as part of VW's fraud harms all of us contributing to hundreds of premature deaths annually and causing toxic air pollution in our cities.

Since the discovery of the fraud, VW has paid tens of billions of dollars of compensation and fines in the United States and has paid a €1 billion fine in Germany. A number of VW executives have been jailed and further revelations have emerged such as the gassing of monkeys by VW with poisonous NOx.

Despite all of this, VW continues to refuse to pay compensation to UK purchasers of affected vehicles. Therefore, tens of thousands of current and former UK VW vehicle owners have joined together to take VW to court in the VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation.

VW's GUILT

Matthias Mueller

Volkswagen CEO Commenting On VW Gassing Monkeys With Toxic Diesel Fumes

“The methods used by EUGT in the United States were wrong, they were unethical and repulsive”

Hans-Dieter Pötsch

Chairman of VW

“A shadow on this great company”

Volkswagen Company Statement

After Paying A £1 billion Fine to German Authorities

Volkswagen admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis and considers this as a further major step towards the latter being overcome

If VW are able to admit their guilt, why do they refuse to compensate UK drivers?

FAQ's

Q. How much compensation will I receive?

A. This will depend upon what vehicle you own(ed) or lease(ed). The level of your compensation will also depend upon when you bought your vehicle and may depend upon how much you sold your vehicle for/how much it is worth now. For owners of vehicles bought or leased after 1 October 2014, the compensation could be as high as 100% of the purchase price. For other owners, we hope to achieve at least as much as American owners received (an average of about £5,000).

Q. Will I have to go to court?

A. Probably not. If VW insists on defending the case all the way to trial, then a handful of Claimants (likely between 10 and 20) will be selected out of the tens of thousands who are participating in the action in order to give evidence. Anyway, going to court is nothing to be afraid of– VW is in the wrong!

Q. What will it cost me to bring the claim against VW?

A. Nothing upfront. In signing up, you will be asked to enter into a “no win, no fee” agreement with us. Under the terms of this agreement, you will only be liable to pay our fees and expenses, as well as those of barristers, funders and insurers, if the case is successful. The exact amount you will pay will depend upon how long the case takes, how much time the lawyers need to spend on it, and the level of compensation obtain. Unlike some other firms we cap our fees at a maximum of 50% (although the actual fee may be as low as 20%) and unlike some other firms we are looking to win back the entire purchase price of the car for you.

Q. How long does it take to sign up?

A. Couple of minutes. Once you have signed up, we will be back in touch with you within the next few weeks to obtain the rest of the information which is necessary in order for you to participate in the Group Litigation Order.

Q. What information do I need to submit to sign up?

A. Name, email, and vehicle registration number.

Q. How do I know if I’m eligible for compensation?

A. Your information will be reviewed and then it will be determined if you are eligible to join the group litigation– all at no cost to you. There is no risk and all of your information is kept confidential.

Q. When can I expect to receive my compensation?

A. All of the lawyers in the action are committed to obtaining compensation on your behalf as quickly as possible. As VW is one of the largest and richest companies in the world, however, it may be necessary to take them to court. If a quick settlement is achieved, you may receive your compensation in the next six months but if VW chooses to continue to fight, it could take two to three years.

Q. Do I have to still own the car in order to be eligible for compensation?

A. No. If you purchased or leased a qualified vehicle and have since sold it or handed it back, then you are still eligible.

Q. If I bought my vehicle on finance or lease, then am I still eligible for compensation?

A. If you bought on finance or leased a qualified vehicle, then you are eligible. In fact, people who bought vehicles on finance or leased a vehicle have some of the strongest claims. It may be possible to get you back all of your finance/lease payments plus interest plus damages!

Q. I haven’t paid off the finance or lease on my car, am I still eligible to receive compensation from VW?

A. Yes, you are still eligible.

Q. My car has had the “fix” (installation of updated engine software from VW), am I still eligible for compensation?

A. Yes, whether your car has had the “fix” or not, you are still eligible.

Q. How will you bring my claim?

A. Your claim will be brought as part of a Group Litigation Order (a “GLO”) which is the mechanism by which the courts in England and Wales manage thousands of cases which are all brought together at the same time. During the sign up, you will be asked to read a document called the Litigation Management Agreement which is the contract by which you will appoint a Committee of Claimants to give instructions to us to bring the claim on your behalf. This allows us to act for tens of thousands of people like you all at the same time.

Q. What laws are being used to bring the claim against VW?

A. The Generic Particulars of Claim (the formal document used to bring the claim against VW) alleges that VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda fraudulently represented that the affected vehicles complied with all relevant UK and EU laws on the sale, registration and putting into service of vehicles. It also alleges that VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda fraudulently represented that the vehicles did not incorporate unlawful defeat devices and that the vehicles did not require modification in order to meet relevant emissions standards. As well as the claim in fraud, it alleges that there have been breaches of contract, EU Law, consumer credit laws and consumer protection laws.

Q. Will I have to pay VW’s costs if the claim is lost?

A. £10 million of insurance coverage has been arranged on behalf of Claimants who sign up with us. This will protect you against having to pay VW’s costs in the unlikely event that the claim is lost.

Q. Why are funders and insurers involved in the action?

A. VW is the 13th largest company in the world and has unlimited resources to spend to seek to prevent you from receiving your compensation. Millions of pounds of funding and insurance is therefore necessary in order to be able to bring the action against VW.

Q. I work for VW, am I still eligible to join this group litigation?

A. Yes, if you work for VW and currently or previously owned or leased an affected vehicle, you will be eligible to make a claim.

Q. Can I bring a claim if I bought or leased my vehicle in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man?

A. You won’t be able to join the Group Litigation in England and Wales, but you should still sign up with us anyway. We will liaise with lawyers in those jurisdictions to seek to obtain your compensation, or alternatively, negotiate directly with VW on your behalf.

Q. Should I allow VW to “fix” my vehicle?

A. We can’t tell you what to do, but as you will no doubt be aware, thousands of owners of affected vehicles have complained about the alleged effects of the “fix” on the performance and fuel consumption of their vehicles.