Preliminary Approval of VW/Audi/Porsche 3-liter and Bosch Settlements in Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Litigation
February 14, 2017
Keller Rohrback is pleased to announce that Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California has preliminarily approved two class action settlements in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” litigation. One settlement resolves claims against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche relating to 3.0-liter diesel vehicles, and the other resolves claims against Bosch, supplier of software installed in both 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles. While the Bosch settlement is separate, owners and lessees of 2.0- and 3.0-liter Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel vehicles who make claims in the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter class action settlements with Volkswagen will automatically receive additional benefits from the Bosch settlement.
Current and former owners and lessees of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche 3.0-liter diesel vehicles will soon be able to visit the 3.0-liter settlement website at https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/en/3-0-models/ to learn more about these settlements, check their eligibility, and learn their options for returning or modifying their vehicles (when and if a modification is approved by EPA and CARB), and view an estimate of the restitution amount they will receive. 2.0- and 3.0-liter owners and lessees will be able to get more information about the Bosch settlement at https://www.boschvwsettlement.com/
There are three important deadlines to be aware of. If you wish to exclude yourself from either of the new settlements, you must do so by April 14, 2017. Instructions for how to do so can be found on the settlement websites. If you sold your 3.0-liter TDI vehicle prior to January 31, 2017, you may still qualify for benefits under the settlements, and must identify yourself to Volkswagen and by May 1, 2017 to receive benefits. The same deadline applies to identify yourself to Bosch if you wish to participate only in the Bosch settlement; you will automatically receive benefits from the Bosch settlement if you make a claim in the Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche 3.0-liter settlement. If you missed the deadline to register as an eligible seller in the 2.0-liter settlement with Volkswagen, you can still participate in the Bosch settlement, but must identify yourself to Bosch by May 1, 2017.
Judge Breyer will hold a hearing on May 11, 2017 to decide whether to grant final approval of the Settlements, and, when and if final approval is granted, buybacks, lease terminations, and approved vehicle modification will begin as soon as possible. Certain 3.0-liter class members will also be able to obtain part of their restitution payment as soon as their claim is submitted and accepted.
Additional information can be found on the Court’s website: http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/crb/vwmdl.