FAQ

FAQs

Eligibility

Certain of the following Mercedes models powered by diesel-fuelled engines and sold from 2008 up to 2018: A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, Citan, CLA, CLS, E-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, GLS, GLK, M-Class, S-Class, SLK, Sprinter, V-Class, and Vito (however, additional models are likely to have released dirty diesel emissions). These models include passenger and commercial vehicles and vans, such as people movers, shuttles and taxis.

At this stage, we do not need any documentation or proof of purchase.  We are just asking – via the Register Now form – for you to provide (1) title/name/address/date of birth so that we can perform electronic KYC (‘know your client’) and AML (‘anti-money laundering’) checks and (2) your vehicle registration number.  In due course, we may ask for proof of ownership (in order to link you to your vehicle) along with any other supporting documents which may be required for the litigation and proving your loss (but we will correspond directly with you for that). 

Yes, both private owners and business owners (such as fleet operators and hire care companies) can register. Lessees are also eligible.

Yes, since the deception will have affected the purchase price for both parties and may have affected the on-going running costs of the vehicle while under the ownership of both.

Hagens Berman will only be investigating claims for owners and lessees of relevant Mercedes models bought or leased in England and Wales.

If you are based in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and you bought or leased your Mercedes diesel vehicle in England or Wales, please register to join our winning team, and we shall be able to help you with your claim.

If your vehicle was purchased elsewhere, please register in case we expand to include litigation in your region; alternatively, you could seek to join an action group where your rights are protected, and any claim is to be governed by the relevant law in your jurisdiction.

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Why Hagens Berman

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 are 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 our 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.

As such we hope to represent a sizeable group and play a lead role in the claims and arguments to be heard against Mercedes here.

Compensation

Registration of interest requires no financial commitment and there will be no out-of-pocket cost to participate in any subsequent Group Litigation Action. The case will be conducted on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning upon successful settlement or judgment in England and Wales, claimants will receive an agreed percentage of the total recovered from Mercedes. This will be explained and addressed in the participation documents which you will be asked to sign.

At this early stage, it is difficult to predict the amount of compensation you will ultimately receive. This will depend on the purchase price, age, model and specific characteristics of your vehicle. However, we anticipate that claimants could recover compensation from Mercedes in the broad range of £3,000 to £10,000 per vehicle, and possibly higher. This is very much an estimated range and by no means guaranteed for each group member.

In short, no. If we are unsuccessful, we will not charge you for our fees or the costs we have incurred for prosecuting your case. And, we will take out an insurance policy on your behalf (known as “After-the-Event Insurance” or "ATE") to cover the Defendants’ legal costs, which will protect you from being liable for those costs. The cost of the ATE insurance premium is a cost that we bear and is one of the factors taken into account when determining the solicitors’ share of the damages if we are successful, which will be no more than 35 per cent.

At Hagens Berman, we like to take a pragmatic approach and keep the expectations for compensation realistic for all of our claimants. In these cases, it is always difficult to predict the amount of compensation each individual will receive. The total amount of compensation will depend on a number of factors. However, we anticipate that claimants could recover compensation from Mercedes in the broad range of £3,000 - £10,000 per vehicle, and possibly even higher. Of course, this is only an estimated range and not guaranteed for each group member.

The Process

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 are 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 our 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.

Registration of Details

Registering your details with us will only commit you to be part of our review exercise. You will have a choice of whether to join any subsequent formal Group Litigation Action we prepare once we have established your legal position and explained your rights and the legal options available to you, and once you have signed the participation documents. 

We encourage interested parties to register as soon as possible as we have recently started formal legal action against Mercedes in March 2021.

Not necessarily. At this stage, registering your details will allow us to ascertain the level of interest in pursuing a Group Litigation Action and help us to verify the legal basis of your claim. You will have a choice of whether to join any subsequent formal Group Litigation Action we prepare once we have explained your rights and the legal options available to you, and once you have signed the participation documents. 

We estimate that there are up to 1.2 million affected vehicle owners in England and Wales, when private and business owners are considered (current and former). We will only need a fraction of those potential claimants to sign up to form a viable group, so we would encourage interested parties to register so they do not miss this opportunity. 

Your data will be held on a secure contact database managed by Case Pilots Ltd on behalf of Hagens Berman UK, operated in accordance with UK data protection rules. It may be shared with other service providers working on this potential case. Further details about how your data may be used can be found in our privacy policy.

We will be in regular contact with those registering their interest with us, to keep you up to date and to explain the next steps.

Fleet and Company Car Owners

We anticipate different categories of loss can be claimed against Mercedes as a result of their dirty diesel emissions. In respect of company cars that means both the company and the employee could have a claim for compensation. We would therefore urge both the owners or lessees, as well as the drivers, of company cars to register now to discover their rights and potential options.

Yes, we encourage all fleet owners and managers to register. If your company leased or owned Mercedes diesel vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2018, you can potentially make claims for all of them.

No, there is no limit to the number of affected vehicles you can potentially claim for. At the registration stage, you will be asked to provide details of just one of the vehicles to join the process.   

No, you can register with the details of just one vehicle using our registration form. You will be asked to confirm the number of vehicles you wish to claim for using the drop-down box in the registration form, including the option to select 10+ vehicles. We will be in touch to collect details of additional vehicles in a way which is most convenient for you as the claim progresses.

No, if your vehicle was fitted with a defeat device then the government confirmed there would be no increase to the amount of vehicle tax you pay

Yes. The diesel emissions issue may have affected the price you paid for the vehicle and may have impacted the on-going running costs of it whilst under your ownership.  

 
 
 

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