If you aren’t already aware of the ‘Dieselgate Scandal’, it was recently uncovered that car manufacturers such as Volkswagen Group, BMW, Mercedes and many more, had been using ‘cheat devices’ to mask the emissions from their diesel cars to meet regulations.
This is extremely damaging, as increased levels of NOx contribute to air pollution, which is reported to be the largest environmental risk to UK public health and is linked to as many as 64,000 early deaths a year. Leigh Day believe that defeat devices are unlawful under UK law and they are planning on bringing legal claims for compensation on behalf of consumers who purchased those vehicles that were affected.
Earlier this year Leigh Day filed an application at Court asking the Court to grant a Group Litigation Order (or “GLO”) to manage the claim against Mercedes. The hearing date for the GLO Application had originally been scheduled for 14 – 15 December 2022 but the Court has postponed the hearing to 9 – 10 February 2023 due to the rail strikes scheduled for next week. Whilst this short delay is unfortunate, it is nothing to worry about and allows Leigh Day extra time to prepare for the hearing in order to put the strongest case forward.
Leigh Day are currently preparing for the first step against Mercedes-Benz, and the forecasted results are expected to be positive.
If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to join the claim and receive your compensation if the case is successful. If you bought or leased a diesel Mercedes-Benz vehicle which was manufactured between 2009 and 2020, you can apply to join the claim.