ABOUT US

The Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation believes that no individual or corporation is above the law, regardless of how wealthy or powerful they are. Volkswagen and Mercedes have been profoundly dishonest with their customers and with the authorities, causing tremendous financial harm to you in addition to immeasurable damage to the environment and public health. Joining this claim sends the message to all corporations that they will be held accountable for their behavior. 

The Foundation
Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice (DEJF) was established under Dutch law on 3 July 2019 with a mission to seek justice for drivers impacted by the Dieselgate scandal. It has already brought collective proceedings against Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat and other related parties in the Netherlands and seeks to obtain fair and adequate damages for affected consumers across the continent of Europe.

A unique feature that sets the foundation apart from other initiatives is its use of the new act on the collective damages claims, WAMCA (Wet Collectieve Afwikkeling Massaschade), a bill that came into force in the Netherlands on January 1st, 2020 and provides an efficient mechanism for collective redress allowing the DEJF to litigate the claims of all European car owners in a coordinated manner. If and when needed, the DEJF will also litigate the claims of non-Dutch car owners in various other jurisdictions in order to achieve an appropriate solution.

The Team
The Foundation is being advised by a leading group of attorneys and industry professionals from around the world. These professionals are globally recognized as outstanding leaders in the automotive industry and collective redress and have extensive experience in pursuing, resolving and administering collective actions around the world.

The Board of Directors
Prof. Andrew Goodman

Prof. Andrew Goodman, LLB MBA Ph.D. FCIArb FInstCPD FRSA
Andrew is the chairman of the board of directors. He has over 40 years’ experience as an independent commercial barrister and international consulting mediator. He holds a number of visiting academic posts in the UK, Europe and South Africa and advises governments, Bars, corporations and institutions on conflict avoidance and dispute management systems. He has helped develop mediation processes in Turkey, Thailand, Nigeria and Nepal and is a thought leader in the field of mediation advocacy, which he helped establish.

Andrew practices in up to 20 jurisdictions and is the author of nearly 50 books on legal processes and dispute resolution. He is a director of Gateway Class Actions Limited, which is currently pursuing projects actively assisting victims in mass tort claim litigation in the United States, Canada, Australia and within the EU.

A Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple, London, Andrew has established practices in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Lagos and Kathmandu. Among other organisations, he is a member of the International Advocacy Training Council, the International Mediation Institute and is a Faculty member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Prof. Miguel Sousa Ferro

Prof. Miguel Sousa Ferro
Miguel is a Professor at the University of Lisbon Law School and at the European University in Lisbon, where he lectures in the fields of Competition Law, EU Law, Economic Law and Introduction to Economics. He has a PhD from the University of Lisbon, and an LL.M from the College of Europe.

Miguel is a Judge of the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal and a practicing lawyer with extensive experience in competition consultancy and litigation (including the first antitrust consumer class action in Portugal). He is co-Director of the Portuguese Competition & Regulation Journal, and a Board member of the Portuguese Competition Observatory, of the European Institute and of the Economic, Financial and Tax Law Institute of the University of Lisbon Law School.

Miguel has over 90 papers published in legal journals and 5 monographs, including the recently published “The EU Antitrust Damages Directive: Transposition in the Member States” (Oxford University Press), and “Market Definition in EU Competition Law” (Edward Elgar).

Prof. Maria José Azar-Baud

Prof. Maria José Azar-Baud
Maria José is an expert in Collective redress in Comparative law. Associate Professor at University of Paris-Saclay and lecturer at several national and international Universities, namely University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, at Masters’ degree, her main areas of teaching and research are Consumer law, International Contracts and Comparative procedural law.

Maria José holds a double PhD from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the University of Buenos Aires focusing on Collective actions in Consumer law in France and Argentina, under a Comparative Law perspective (published by the French editor Dalloz, in 2013).

She is the author of more than 80 contributions in three languages, mainly related to class actions, collective, representative and group actions, in the fields of procedural law, torts and liability, consumer law, environmental law and discrimination. As a member of several scholarly institutions, Maria José has been heard in matters of group and collective actions in general in the Senate, the National Assembly and several agencies in France, as well as in the European Parliament, as one of the main authors of the Study on Collective redress in the EU Member States requested by the European Parliament.

Maria José co-chairs the Paris-Saclay Legal Clinics and founded the Observatory of Group Actions and other forms of Collective Redress () in 2017, an international platform for researchers and practitioners aimed at collecting data related and analysing it from an interdisciplinary point of view.

She began her career as a lawyer at the Bar of Buenos Aires and has extensive experience in the practice of collective actions and the negotiation of amicable collective settlements on behalf of consumer associations in Argentina.

At present, aside from lecturing, Maria José is an international counsel and serves on the Executive Board of two European non-profit organisations acting as plaintiffs in mass tort cases and seeking to grant access to justice on a collective scale.

The Supervisory Board
Arco Krijgsman

Arco Krijgsman
Since 2008, Arco Krijgsman has been involved in a number of collective cases, including a EUR 1.3 billion securities settlement on behalf of former Fortis-shareholders, cases concerning the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy on behalf of former bondholders, concerning insurers on behalf of insurance policy holders, concerning a truck manufacturers’ cartel on behalf truck owners and many more.

Arco currently serves on the board of various plaintiff foundations and as a consultant to litigation funders, foundation boards and plaintiff initiatives in relation to governance, litigation strategy, book-building and pre-resolution administration and support.

Arco studied Business Administration in Rotterdam and is dedicated to reaching fair resolutions and to enabling compensation for aggrieved parties by adding and creating value through innovation, partnerships and perseverance.

George Tsetsekos, Ph.D.

George Tsetsekos, Ph.D.
George serves as the Francis professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business in Philadelphia USA. He served as Dean of LeBow (2002-2012) and under his transformative leadership the College achieved national rankings and quality milestones in research and teaching. His development efforts among others led to the launching of a nationally recognized Center in Corporate Governance. Prior to his appointment as Dean, George served as Drexel’s Vice President for academic administration.

His extensive research covers the broad areas of corporate finance, investments, and international finance. His research contributions include articles published in journals including The Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking & Finance and Journal of International Business Studies. He is the author of books in finance, has served on editorial boards for academic journals and chairs conferences on international finance topics. Currently he teaches courses in Private Equity and Financial strategy to MBA students and oversees the Risk Management Center at LeBow.

George has served on Boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Penjerdel Council, the PA Economic League, the World Trade Center and other organizations and has Chaired the Board of the Global Interdependence Center. He serves as expert witness on corporate litigation matters and in assessing damages in class action cases. With numerous consulting assignments, he has advised numerous organizations and firms including The World Bank, SEC, Bear Stearns, Johnson & Johnson and FannieMae.

Greg Coleman, Esq.

Greg Coleman, Esq.
Greg is a class action attorney and has been successfully involved in numerous class action in the US, including a $178.6 million dollar settlement on behalf of 3000 retirees of AK Steel Corporation.

Managing Partner of Greg Coleman Law PC with 27 years of trial and appellate experience, Greg received his B.A. with highest honors and distinction from Jacksonville State University in 1986. He attended The University of Tennessee College of Law, graduating in 1989. In addition to distinguishing himself academically, Greg was a member of the National Trial Moot Court Team, was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for National Trial Team and was listed in Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans. In addition, the College of Law bestowed upon Greg the honor of inclusion into the National Order of Barristers for outstanding oral advocacy and trial skills.

Greg’s practice focuses on class actions, products liability, complex multi-district litigation and class actions. Greg has been nominated as a member of the Supervisory Board by the funder of the foundation, Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice BV, and presently is a board member of the funder.

The Director of the Foundation
Femke Hendriks

Femke Hendriks
The Director of the Foundation is Femke Hendriks. Femke has a long history in the field of collective actions and corporate governance. She is a widely recognized expert in shareholder litigation and has been involved in a number of high-profile securities litigation cases in The Netherlands, US, Europe and Asia.

Femke was one of the key initiators of the Act on the Resolution of Mass Claims in Collective Action (WAMCA) and was part of the Expert Group that advised the Dutch Ministry of Justice on this act, which came into force in the Netherlands on 1 January 2020. She vigorously advocated this bill in order to enable affected parties to recover monetary damages in addition to existing Dutch WCAM-legislation.

In her capacity as Attorney at Law/Senior Advisor Responsible Investment at PGGM Investments, a cooperative Dutch pension fund service provider with appr. EUR 200 billion assets under management, she was responsible for PGGM’s shareholder litigation activities worldwide and, in this capacity, played leading roles in the multibillion Bank of America class action and the collective proceedings in the Fortis case.

Prior to that Femke, who started her career as a corporate lawyer, gained a high level of experience in collective actions as Vice Director of the Dutch Shareholders Association VEB. In this function, she was involved in landmark cases as World Online and Ahold and, contributed to the development of the first Dutch Corporate Governance Code in 2003.

Governance

As stated previously, the objective of the Diesel Emissions Justice Foundation is to represent car buyers who suffered losses as a result of the diesel emission fraud and to protect the environment. The Foundation aims to serve the interests of affected parties throughout the European Union.

The Foundation is an independent, Netherlands-based claim foundation and is funded by Consumer Justice Network B.V., a consortium of legal professionals and professional litigation funders from the Netherlands and the United States. As the Funder works on the basis of a contingency-fee, up to 27,5% (including VAT if applicable) of the recovered amounts will be paid to the Funder in case of success. The ultimate Fee shall be reasonable and adequate, as subject to the Foundation’s Board’s and Supervisory Board’s approval, negotiation results and Court approval. In return, participants of the Foundation can join the Foundation’s cause for free.

The Board and the Supervisory Board of the Foundation will both make efforts (pursuant to Article 3: 305a, paragraph 2, sub b of the Dutch Civil Code) to involve participants (who have entered into a Participation Agreement with the Foundation) as much as reasonably possible in the decision making process on important issues. In particular, the Foundation will consult its constituency about the distribution of any financial compensation that may be obtained for (part of) the damage that its Participants claim to have suffered in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 1, sub c of its Articles of Association, as well as about a potential settlement proposal as referenced in Article 10 of the Articles of Association. The Foundation may organise consultation of its participants on these matters through holding (digital) meetings such as “web-casts” or other forms of online communication.

The Foundation’s Board is responsible for the day to day business of the Foundation, in close cooperation with the Foundation’s Director, Femke Hendriks. Her task is to focus fully on the daily operations of the Foundation, to function as a spokesperson for the Foundation and to coordinate the activities of the Foundation in various jurisdictions.

The members of the Board receive a remuneration of EUR 12.000 per year and EUR 15.000 for the Chairperson. In addition, the Foundation has a Supervisory Board. Its members receive a remuneration of EUR 10.000 per year and EUR 12.500 for the Chairperson. Additional hours above a certain threshold may be invoiced for a rate of EUR 200 per Board and Supervisory Board member, and EUR 250 for the Chairperson of the Board and Supervisory Board. Reasonable travelling costs and other costs and disbursements are reimbursed. Further details about members are included earlier in the About Us section.

In addition, reference is made to the Foundation’s Articles of Association. The Board’s 2019 Annual Report and Supervisory Board’s Annual Report and Governance report, as referred in the Claim Code 2019, are also available to review. 

If you would like to contact us in writing, you may do so here:
Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice
Herengracht 282
1016 BX Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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