Courts approve consumer settlement in Canada for VW and Audi 2.0 litre TDI vehicles

Apr 24, 2017   OEM

Both the Québec and Ontario Courts have granted approval of the nationwide settlement agreement to resolve consumer claims in Canada related to the 2.0 litre diesel emissions matter for approximately 105,000 affected vehicles.

The approved settlement agreement provides for cash payments to eligible owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 litre TDI vehicles. Many of these settlement class members will also have choices that may include selling or trading in their vehicle, or terminating their lease without any early termination penalty, or keeping their vehicle and receiving an emissions modification that has been approved by regulators together with an extended emissions warranty.

Maria Stenstroem, Chief Executive Officer, VW Group Canada, said: "Approval of the settlement is an important milestone in our journey to making things right in Canada. VW Group Canada is committed to ensuring that the settlement programme is carried out as conveniently as possible for our affected VW and Audi 2.0 litre TDI customers. We are devoting significant resources and personnel to ensuring their experience with the settlement programme is a positive one."

Charles Wright, a partner at Siskinds LLP and one of the lead counsel for vehicle owners, said: "this settlement responds to the concerns raised by our clients and we are pleased that it will now be implemented."

Harvey Strosberg, a partner at Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP and one of the lead counsel, stated: "the approvals from the Courts are wonderful news for the Settlement Class Members."

Sylvie De Bellefeuille, Legal Advisor at Option consommateurs, Representative Plaintiff for the Québec Settlement Class Members, said: "this is a great settlement for all Canadian consumers. We are very pleased with this outcome. We thank Belleau Lapointe, our lawyers in this class action, who have done an exceptional job for the benefit of all Canadian Settlement Class Members."

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