Colleagues of a Canadian class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen can submit claims for reimbursement starting on Friday after an Ontario court approved a $2.1-billion reconciliation plan.
The 105,000 people who purchased or leased certain Volkswagen or Audi means with two-litre diesel engines that were caught up in an emissions bilking scandal will each receive a payment between $5,100 and $8,000, wrote Higher Court Justice Edward Belobaba in his judgment Wednesday.
Many inclination also have the choice either to return their vehicle at the buy-back sacrifice as of mid-September 2015 before the so-called defeat device was made plain or keep their car and receive an emissions modification that is approved by direction regulators, he wrote.
“(The settlement) does its best to respond to people who are in extraordinary situations and have different concerns,” said Charles Wright, a sidekick at Siskinds law firm in London, Ont., and one of the lead lawyers in the case.
Damages can bedclothes any costs car owners incurred as result of scandal
For the people who love their jalopies, it offers the ability to keep them, while those who want to get rid of them as shortly as possible can do so, he said.
Meanwhile the damages payment can cover any costs car owners attracted as a result of the scandal, Wright said. For example, someone who purchased a roof beleaguer that fits a Volkswagen vehicle they intend to return can buy a new roof rack for their new instrument with the money.
There is the chance that further litigation in this suitcase will happen.
If emissions modifications for any of the vehicles are not approved and implemented about summer 2018, and the owner chooses not to return their vehicle, Wright said, they can select to continue litigation. If enough such owners come forward, the court may determine to hear the case again as a class-action suit, he said.
Volkswagen has anticipated a fix for one generation of the vehicles, and a fix for the other two generations is being assessed for approval by U.S. regulatory controls, he said.
Volkswagen Group said in a statement last week, after two loutish courts approved the settlement agreement, that the settlement is not an admission of its debit.
Volkswagen Canada noted in an email that Quebec and Ontario courts admitted approval of the nationwide settlement agreement on April 21 and that auxiliary information was available on the settlement website.