FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General (10)

Eligible claimants with a valid claim who have purchased or leased an impacted diesel from across Europe are welcome to join, even if you are no longer in possession of the affected vehicle. To see a list of all the specific makes and models, please click here: Audi Mercedes Porsche Seat Skoda Volkswagen.

If you own (or owned) a fleet of these vehicles for your business, you may also be eligible. Please see additional details for fleet owners.

There is no up-front cost to join the claim and we operate on a no cure, no pay basis. 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.

To join this group action, you only need to agree to our terms by completing the simple sign-up process on this website and provide us with proof of identification and proof of vehicle ownership. 

Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice is the legal name of Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation (DEJF) and is a non-profit foundation established under Dutch law. Our unique structure and purpose allow us to represent all impacted Europeans and maximize pressure with the final goal of obtaining compensation for you. You can read more about the team working on your behalf in the About Us section. 

Yes. If you are already a part of another organisation or have begun legal proceedings separately, you are not able to join our foundation without revoking the other membership first or withdrawing from the other proceedings.

Yes. Even if you no longer own or lease your vehicle, or if you bought it second hand, you may be eligible for compensation. Please check your vehicle’s eligibility here

To participate in the claim, you will need to upload an official form of identification along with your proof of ownership. – this can be your registration card or purchase -or sales documents and needs to contain your VIN or chassisnumber. 

Yes. Following subscription to the Foundation you have 14 days to withdraw with no reason necessary. After that, if you wish to cancel your participation with the Foundation, you must give 30 days’ notice and send an email request to info@emissionsjustice.com.  Should the Foundation come to a settlement agreement with Volkswagen or should a positive outcome be reached with the courts, you will no longer be able to cancel. This is fair, because at that moment we will have delivered results benefitting you.

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

You are welcome to send an email with any questions to info@emissionsjustice.com. We will respond as soon as possible.

Mercedes (4)

The Foundation has started a lawsuit against Daimler AG/Mercedes, for the design, development, manufacturing, installation and utilization of impermissible defeat devices in diesel engines that were installed in their vehicles for the European market. In addition, the lawsuit is aimed at two importers and a number of (official) car dealers of the Mercedes-Benz brand. 

Ultimately, the amount of compensation you may receive will either be negotiated through a settlement or determined by the Court but we expect it to be in the thousands of euros. This action is important not just to get financial compensation, but also to hold Daimler AG/Mercedes accountable for their unfair commercial practices and the resulting damage to the environment. 

While it is difficult to predict how long it will last, it is anticipated this lawsuit will take at least 24-36 months at least to get a final decision of the court. Should we able to reach an amicable settlement with Mercedes during the course of litigation, it will be much quicker, although additional time may be required in order to obtain court approval for a settlement. In case additional litigation is required outside the Netherlands, it may take several years before results may be reached. 

Frequent updates on the status of the litigation will be provided on our website.

You have to sign the Participation Agreement and to upload an official form of identification along with your proof of ownership containing your VIN/chassisnumber. This can be your registration card or your purchase or sales documents. A copy of the Participation Agreement can be read here: English Dutch French German Spanish

Volkswagen (6)

The Foundation has started a lawsuit 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 lawsuit is aimed at the software provider of Volkswagen, Robert Bosch GmbH, various international importers and a number of car dealers and lease companies. 

Yes, VW has settled numerous class actions in the United States, Australia, Canada, Brazil, amongst others, totalling over €30 billion. Some compensation has also been offered to German drivers in a recent settlement. However, nothing has been offered to impacted European drivers as a group.

US claimants received an average of $8,000 (€7000) in compensation. The recent settlement with Germany was for an average of €3200. This action is important, not just for getting financial compensation, 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 we bear the costs and risk. Ultimately, the amount of compensation you may receive will either be negotiated through a settlement or determined by the Court.

For Dutch people, it does. For non-Dutch, it may not. The statutes of limitations differ in various jurisdictions in Europe, and registration with the Foundation will not, by definition, interrupt the statute of limitation for car owners who purchased or leased their vehicle outside the Netherlands, where we are based. The Foundation will at the same time do everything it reasonably can, on a best effort basis, in order to interrupt the statute of limitation on your behalf. 

While it is difficult to predict how long it will last, it is anticipated this lawsuit will take at least 24- 36 months at least to get a final decision from the court. We started our legal proceedings against Volkswagen in March 2020. Should we be able to reach an amicable settlement with Volkswagen during the course of litigation, it will be much quicker, although additional time may be required in order to obtain court approval for a settlement. In case additional litigation is required outside the Netherlands, it may take several years before results may be reached. 

Frequent updates on the status of the litigation will be provided on our website.

You have to sign the Participation Agreement and to upload an official form of identification along with your proof of ownership containing your VIN/chassisnumber. This can be your registration card or purchase or sales documents. A copy of the Participation Agreement can be read here. English Dutch French German Spanish

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