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VW class action—consumer rights against large corporations

Published on: 31 July 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • VW class action—consumer rights against large corporations
  • When did you become involved in this case and how significant is it?
  • What is the background behind the case and the main points of contention?
  • VW has already agreed a settlement of $15bn for 500,000 claimants in the US and Canada. However, in its defence lodged with the High Court in London, it denies installing or operating a ‘defeat device’ in the affected cars in the UK and says the vehicles were different from those sold in the US. Why is VW taking a different approach here?
  • What measures do you want VW to take to compensate owners of vehicles?
  • Why is the case important from a wider consumer rights perspective?
  • What could be the wider impact of the ruling?
  • How is the UK model for class actions working—can we still learn things from the other models?
  • Are there any other key points you would like to flag up?

Article summary

Dispute Resolution analysis: The High Court has set a cut-off date in October 2018 for claimants to join the Volkswagen (VW) class action. Gareth Pope, specialist group litigation lawyer at Slater and Gordon, which is leading the class action, says it is consumers’ chance to challenge VW’s claims over the emission test results and seek compensation. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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