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VW Audi Bentley Porsche Fuel Economy Lawsuit Settlement Program is Now Underway – Submit Your Claims Now

Online portal for fuel economy settlement claims processing is up and active for owner and lessee claims

The claims portal at vwmpgsettlement.com is now open for all current and former owners/lessees of affected gasoline-engine vehicles in the Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Volkswagen fuel economy class action settlement. As a result of the settlement reached in the litigation, potential compensation totaling $96.5 million is available to the class members to resolve claims that the affected vehicles were equipped with software that, as calibrated, caused the vehicles to emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) and obtain up to 1 MPG less fuel economy than was originally represented. Class members may submit their claims for payment online through the settlement website.

Payments for original and sole owners of the affected vehicles range from $518.40 to $2,332.80. Payments for lessees, former owners, and non-original owners are prorated based on length of possession. As part of the settlement terms, any money that is not claimed by class members will be directed to environmental remediation efforts approved by the Court.

Owners/lessees are included in this settlement if they own or lease a Class Vehicle (listed on the website) as of August 30, 2019, or previously owned or leased a Class Vehicle before that date. The settlement is designed to compensate Class members for driving vehicles for which the actual, on-road fuel economy is up to 1 MPG less than was originally represented. The revised fuel economy ratings for the Class Vehicles is available at www.fueleconomy.gov. Differences between the original and revised fuel economy ratings among the Class Vehicles resulted in different compensation amounts for each make, model, and model year. Class members’ compensation is also based on the number of months that they owned or leased the Class Vehicle. The Class Vehicles are listed on the claims portal website.

The litigation is known as the “Audi CO2 cases,” which is consolidated in In re Volkswagen ‘Clean Diesel’ Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2672 CRB (JSC), before Judge Charles R. Breyer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.