We are aiming to complete our initial review exercise of registrants’ legal position by the end of November 2020 with a view to issuing proceedings by the end of this year. It is difficult at this juncture to estimate when this claim will have its day in Court, given delays to the Court timetables due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An early settlement by Mercedes would clearly be desirable and should not be ruled out given the agreements in principle to settle in the US which Daimler and Mercedes announced on 13 August 2020. However, we would only enter into settlement discussions if the sums on offer represented fair compensation to claimants in England and Wales.
We anticipate the case will be against Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Limited, the main UK subsidiary, (and possibly also Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Limited, which provides finance for leasing customers). The claim(s) will be filed in the High Court under English law.
We are aware other English law firms are also investigating the basis of a claim against Mercedes in the UK for diesel emissions deception but cannot speak for their plans. What we can say is that we will be collaborating with Hagens Berman, the firm that led the charge for Dieselgate claims against both Volkswagen and Mercedes in the US and successfully secured compensation in that respect for US-based Mercedes owners, as announced on 13 August 2020. We believe access to Hagen Berman’s in-depth scientific evidence and US legal experience will be highly relevant to any English law claim and will help us to establish liability under English law. We are also seeking to bring our business focus and commercial litigation experience to bear on this case, which includes substantial experience in civil fraud cases, and in acting for groups of claimants in funded claims against major corporations.
At this stage there is nothing to stop you registering your interest with more than one law firm, although we believe that your interests will be best protected by joining our group. However, you will need to choose which Group Litigation Action to join at a later date when the participation documents are provided to you and the respective claims have been explained to you and before formal claims are filed.