NEW! Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) and a Vechicle Value Estimator have been added to the Settlement Websie www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca to provide additional information and allow settlement class members to obtain an estimate of their Vehicle Value as of September 18, 2015.

 

INTRODUCING THE LAWYERS

1. The national Consortium of Class Action firms comprised of Sutts, Strosberg LLP; Siskinds LLP; Koskie Minsky LLP; Roy O’Connor LLP; MacKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP; Rochon Genova LLP; Branch MacMaster LLP; and Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, are prosecuting this Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche Class Actions. The Consortium is supported by Garcha & Co.; James H. Brown & Associates; D’Arcy & Deacon LLP; Boudreau Law; McCague Borlack LLP; Barnable Law P.C.; Gilbert McGloan Gillis; McKercher LLP; McPhadden, Samac, Tuovi LLP; Klein Lawyers; and Lemer and Company.

CANADA-WIDE CLASS ACTION WAS STARTED IN ONTARIO

2. The Consortium started an Ontario Class Action seeking to represent persons who own, owned, lease or leased certain models of Volkswagen or Audi 2.0-litre TDI diesel vehicles and/or 3.0-litre TDI diesel vehicles.

3. The Class Action concerns the installation of so-called “defeat devices” in these vehicles and allege that the intentional design, manufacture and installation of these devices in these diesel vehicles defeated or suppressed the true measure of emissions and pollutants, including nitrogen oxide.

4. On December 4, 2015, Justice Belobaba ordered that the Consortium be granted “carriage” of the Ontario Class Action.

PROPOSED PARTIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE CLASS ACTION

5. The parties have entered into a settlement of the class action in respect of the following models of 2.0-litre TDI vehicles sold in Canada or leased from Volkswagen Credit Canada Inc. (also known as Volkswagen Finance and Audi Finance). The settlement must be approved by the Ontario Court and the Quebec Court in order to become effective.

 

Brand

Model

Model Year(s)

Volkswagen

Jetta TDI

2009-2015

Volkswagen

Jetta Wagon TDI

2009

Volkswagen

Golf TDI

2010-2013, 2015

Volkswagen

Passat TDI

2012-2015

Volkswagen

Beetle TDI

2013-2015

Volkswagen

Golf Wagon TDI

2010-2014

Volkswagen

Golf Sportwagon TDI

2015

Audi

A3

2010-2013, 2015

 
 

6. If the proposed Settlement is approved by the Courts, VW will offer settlement benefits of up to CAD $2.1 billion to settlement class members with eligible VW / Audi vehicles, including: cash payments and, for many owners and lessees of these vehicles, choices that may include vehicle buyback; trade-in; emissions modification, if approved by regulators; and, early lease termination.

7. On Monday December 19, 2016, Justice Belobaba certified the following settlement class:

all persons (including individuals and entities), except for persons included in the Quebec Settlement Class and Excluded Persons, who (a) on September 18, 2015, were registered owners or lessees of, or, in the case of Non-VW Dealers, held title to or held by bill of sale dated on or before September 18, 2015, an Eligible Vehicle; or (b) after September 18, 2015, but before the Claims Submission Deadline, become registered owners of, or, in the case of Non-VW Dealers, hold title to or hold by bill of sale dated after September 18, 2015, an Eligible Vehicle and continue to be the owners as at the Purchaser Transaction Date.

8. Settlement approval hearings will be held on March 31, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario and on March 22, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec to decide if the settlement is fair and reasonable and in the best interest of settlement class members.
 

9.   A brief explanation of some of the settlement terms can be found at the What’s New section of this Website.

10. The short form Notice can be found here. Notice to the settlement class was published in newspapers and electronic media beginning on January 4, 2017 and sent by email or mail to affected owners and lessees.  Settlement class members may visit the Settlement Website at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca for full information on the settlement and its benefits and how you can participate in, exclude yourself from or object to the proposed settlement.

11.  Settlement class members may visit the Settlement Website at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca for full information on the settlement and its benefits and how you can participate in, exclude yourself from or object to the proposed settlement.

12. Settlement class members may also register at www.VWCanadaSettlement.ca to receive updates. 
 
THE CLASS ACTION WILL CONTINUE
 
13. The proposed settlement does not include 3.0-litre TDI vehicles nor 2.0-litre TDI vehicles originally sold in the United States. The Consortium will continue to prosecute the class action in respect of these vehicles. 

14.  If you have questions, please call our toll free number 1.800.281.3120.

15.  If you would like to learn more about how a class action works, please click here.