The efforts of the Foundation can be joined both by Dutch car owners and and lessees and non-Dutch car owners and lessees from countries within Europe.
In short, if you purchased or leased a diesel vehicle manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda or Porsche, you are likely eligible if.
Additional car models may be added to this list as our investigations continue.
If you own (or owned) a fleet of these cars for your business, you may also be eligible. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to join the claim.
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.
Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice (DEJF) is a non-profit foundation established under Dutch law. It has initiated a group action against Volkswagen Skoda, Audi, Porsche and SEAT and related parties in the Netherlands in which it seeks damages or a global settlement in order to obtain adequate compensation on behalf of all Dutch consumers and all European consumers who join our claim. 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.
There are also other parties who are trying to get compensation from Volkswagen. Except for some recent development in Germany, no results have been reached 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.
In Belgium the consumer organisation Test Aankoop – Test Achats also started a group action based on a specific Belgian “class action” law, but this action only includes a minority of the cars involved. That group action only involves cars that were sold after 1 September 2014 to consumers, and it excludes all other cars sold before that date as well as all cars bought by professionals for professional use of even for mixed use.
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). If you reside outside the Netherlands, Belgium and France, you can ONLY participate if you are not already participating in legal proceedings in another European jurisdiction.
Yes, you may be eligible for compensation also if you no longer own or lease your vehicle, or if you bought it second hand, depending on the engine type.
For more information, see the tab “Join the Claim” under “Who can join”.
In order to represent your interests, we will need your VIN number as well as proof of ownership and ID. Your VIN number can be found on your vehicle itself and on registration and sales documents. 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. You will also need to upload some form of identification to prove you are, in fact, you.
The Foundation has started a lawsuit against the following companies from the Volkswagen Group and their relevant subsidiaries:
In addition, the lawsuit is aimed at the software provider of Volkswagen, Robert Bosch GmbH, the Dutch importer, Pon Holding N.V., the Belgian importer D’Ieteren NV/SA, the French importer and a number of car dealers and lease companies.
This action is about compensation for you, and to hold VW accountable for their unfair practices and the resulting damage to public health and the environment. We will fight vigorously to obtain the maximum recovery for you without any costs and risk for the participants. 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.
Yes, following subscription to the foundation, it is possible to cancel your participation agreement during a “cooling-off” period of 14 days by sending an email to email@example.com. Even after this period you can cancel your participation, with 30 days’ notice, again by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
No. The statutes of limitations differ in various countries in Europe, and a 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. The Foundation will at the same time do everything it reasonably can in order to interrupt the statute of limitation on your behalf, on a best effort basis. If you bought or leased your car outside The Netherlands, 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@example.com.
What sets the Foundation apart from other initiatives is that it is prepared to litigate lawsuits for both Belgian and non-Belgian car owners in various jurisdictions, in order to increase the pressure on Volkswagen to offer adequate compensation. In March 2020, the Foundation filed a collective action lawsuit for damages in the Netherlands. In addition, for the event that non-Dutch car owners cannot participate in these proceedings, the Foundation will create a basis for litigation of claims of non-Dutch car owners in Belgium and France. 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. Non-Dutch car owners residing in other countries in the EU may also join our initiative. However, the Foundation does not have a mandate to initiate legal proceedings for these parties in their country of origin.
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, it may take several years before results may be reached.
Yes, VW settled numerous class actions in the United States and Australia, amongst others, totalling over $25 billion US dollars.
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