FAQs

1. WHO CAN JOIN THE CLAIM?

The efforts of the foundation can be joined both by Dutch car owners and users (through lease) and non-Dutch car owners and users (through lease) from various countries in which we have retained counsel to represent your interests. Additional sites will be added for each of these countries. More information on the countries in which we will build our support base will be added soon.

If you reside in the Netherlands, please click here to quickly verify whether you are eligible to join the claim. In short, if you purchased or leased a 1.2, 1.6 or 2.0 litre diesel vehicle manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda or Porsche from 2009 through 2015, you are likely eligible.

If you own (or owned) a fleet of these cars for your business, you may also be eligible. Please email us at [email protected] to learn how to join the claim.

2. WHAT WILL IT COST ME?

The legal proceedings are funded by a third party funder. You will not have to pay anything to assert your rights.

Only if we manage to get you financial compensation, you will pay a fee to the funder of up to 27.5% (VAT included, if applicable) of the financial compensation. This percentage can also be lower, depending on various circumstances.

3. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

To join this group action, you only need to agree to our terms by completing the simple sign-up process on this website. Click here to sign up. If you would like to read the Participation Agreement, you can do so here.

4. WHAT IS THE DIESEL EMISSIONS JUSTICE STICHTING?

The Diesel Emissions Justice Stichting is a non-profit foundation established under Dutch law. It is an entity which is permitted to pursue a group action against Volkswagen Skoda, Audi, Porsche and SEAT and related parties in the Netherlands and to seek a global settlement in order to obtain adequate compensation on behalf of all European consumers.  It is backed by a litigation funder and by Corpocon Legal BV, which has been actively involved in the Diesel scandal for years and is supported by thousands of participants in the Netherlands.  The purpose of the foundation is to create an international base for litigation in various jurisdictions in order to maximize pressure with the final goal to obtain compensation for you. This sets the foundation apart from other initiatives, which limit their actions to litigation of the claims of Dutch car owners.

5. WHAT SETS THE FOUNDATION APART FROM OTHER INITIATIVES?

There are also other parties who are trying to get compensation from Volkswagen. Some have been active for five years but have not managed to reach any results yet. In the meantime, Volkswagen continues to evade its responsibility and to make any offer. The foundation believes that only a coordinated action in multiple countries will put enough pressure on Volkswagen to be effective. This international approach sets the foundation apart from other initiatives. Given that this is much more costly than the approach taken by other initiatives, the contingency fee for the funder can be slightly higher in case of success.

6. DOES IT MATTER IF I AM ALREADY PARTICIPATING WITH ANOTHER FOUNDATION?

You are always free to join the foundation. However, we do not recommend participating in more than one foundation at the same time so in that case, we recommend terminating your registration with your previous foundation).

7. CAN I JOIN THE CLAIM IF I NO LONGER OWN OR LEASE MY CAR?

Yes, you may be eligible for compensation also if you no longer own or lease your vehicle, or if you bought it second hand before January 2016. For more information, see the tab “Join the Claim” under “Who can join”.

8. WHAT DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLAIM?

In order to represent your interests we will need your VIN number. Your VIN number can be found on your vehicle itself and on registration and sales documents. If you are a Dutch citizen, all the information you need is located on your registration card. You will have to upload a scanned copy of a document showing the VIN number when signing up and, preferably, a document evidencing the purchase of the car or the lease.

9. WHO ARE THE DEFENDANTS?

The foundation is bringing claims against the following companies from the Volkswagen Group and their relevant subsidiaries:

  • Volkswagen AG (incorporated in Germany)
  • Audi AG (incorporated in Germany)
  • Skoda Auto AS (incorporated in Czech Republic)
  • SEAT SA (incorporated in Spain)
  • Porsche (incorporated in Germany)

In addition, the Foundation may target other companies such as the Dutch importer, Pon Holding N.V. and the software provider of Volkswagen, Robert Bosch GmbH.

10. HOW MUCH COMPENSATION WILL I GET?

This action is important not just for financial benefits to you, but also to hold VW accountable for their unfair commercial practices and the resulting damage to the environment. We will fight vigorously to obtain the maximum recovery for you while minimizing costs and risk. While US claimants received an average of $8,000 before costs, damages in Europe may be more modest due to a number of factors including; the relative ease of bringing group claims in the US, stricter regulatory enforcement mechanisms and intense political and governmental pressure applied on VW in the US. Ultimately, the amount of compensation you may receive will either be negotiated through a settlement or determined by the Court.

11. CAN I WITHDRAW MY REGISTRATION WITH THE FOUNDATION?

Yes, following subscription to the foundation, it is possible to cancel your participation agreement at 30 days’ notice. If you wish to cancel your participation with the foundation, please send an email to [email protected] Only in two cases will cancellation no longer be possible: (i) should the foundation reach a settlement agreement with Volkswagen and (ii) if litigation commenced by the foundation shall have resulted in a positive outcome on the merits of the case. This is fair, because at that moment we will have delivered results benefitting you.

12. WILL REGISTRATION WITH THE FOUNDATION INTERRUPT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR PERSONS WHO BOUGHT OR LEASED THEIR VEHICLE OUTSIDE THE NETHERLANDS?

No. The statutes of limitations differ in various countries in Europe, and a registration with the foundation will not interrupt the statute of limitation for car owners who purchased or leased their vehicle outside the Netherlands. If you bought or leased your car elsewhere, you should take action to prevent your claim from being time barred. If you wish to have more information on how to safeguard your rights, please contact us at [email protected] so that we may refer you to our lawyers in your country.

13. WILL THE FOUNDATION LITIGATE LAWSUITS FOR NON-DUTCH CAR OWNERS?

What sets the foundation apart from other initiatives is that it is prepared to litigate lawsuits for both Dutch and non-Dutch car owners in various jurisdictions, in order to increase the pressure on Volkswagen to offer adequate compensation. The foundation will first file a lawsuit in the Netherlands. This will probably be limited to representation of car owners and users who bought or leased their car in the Netherlands. In addition, the foundation will create a basis for litigation of claims of non-Dutch car owners in other EU countries. If you wish to litigate in your country or wish to maintain your rights to do so, we are happy to put you in contact with our lawyers in the country of your residence.

14. HOW LONG WILL LITIGATION TAKE?

While it is difficult to predict how long it will last, it is anticipated this lawsuit will take at least 18-24 months to get to trial after the initial collective lawsuit is filed in the Netherlands. Frequent updates will be provided in this website. Should we succeed in bringing Volkswagen to the negotiation table, additional time may be required in order to obtain court approval for a settlement. In case additional litigation is required in the Netherlands and foreign jurisdictions, it may take several years before results may be reached.

15. HASN’T VW ALREADY SETTLED WITH AFFECTED CUSTOMERS IN THE UNITED STATES?

Yes, VW settled numerous class actions in the United States and Australia totaling over $25 billion US dollars.

16. DOES THE FOUNDATION HAVE A PRIVACY POLICY?

Yes. You can find it by clicking on this link.

17. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?

If you send an email with any questions to [email protected], we will get in touch as soon as possible.

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