[London] – Hagens Berman UK, the London firm of world-renowned US law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, announces the latest developments in its class action lawsuit on behalf of UK Mercedes drivers affected by emissions fraud.
Hagens Berman UK has successfully secured substantial litigation funding from Harbor as well as significant Post Event Insurance (ATE) to protect its group of claimants. The company has taken legal action against Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz Cars UK Limited and Mercedes Benz Financial Services UK Limited, to assert claims by Mercedes drivers in England and Wales arising from diesel emissions.
Some 33,000 Mercedes drivers based in England and Wales have already expressed an interest in having Hagens Berman represent them in the group’s dispute and can now officially join the group (under the GLO procedure). Other interested parties are also still eligible.
âUK consumers have a similar right to compensation for illegal, deceptive and defective fraud implemented by Mercedes,â said Steve Berman, Managing Partner of Hagens Berman. âFollowing the US $ 700 million settlement against Mercedes, we spent the last year laying the groundwork for an equally successful litigation in the UK. We are now ready to hold Mercedes and the other defendants to account. “
First round: Consumer 1; Mercedes 0
An estimated 1.2 million potential applicants in England and Wales owning, leasing or operating affected Mercedes vehicles – currently or previously – have been affected, based on the fact that Mercedes has sold over 700,000 vehicles there concerned between 2008 and 2018.1. This includes private owners and businesses, such as fleet operators and car rental companies, as well as affected vehicle renters.
Hagens Berman’s U.S. litigation against Mercedes, led by Steve Berman, returned more than $ 700 million to U.S. owners of the affected BlueTEC dirty diesel Mercedes vehicles2, and led to a $ 2.2 billion settlement with the US Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, and others in 2020.
Michael Gallagher, Co-Managing Director and Partner of Hagens Berman UK, comments: âHarbor’s case-specific funding and the fact that we have been successful in securing ATE coverage for claimants from the highest A + rated insurers demonstrates recognition of the merits of our case.
âATE insurance is important to our customers and should be important to every customer requester, as it gives them an extra layer of value and security. We are especially proud to offer this to those who join our litigation group, in addition to a no-cost, no-cost arrangement. “
Gallagher added, âAs a firm, we have an impressive reputation for investigating, researching and litigating global defendants and diesel emissions fraud. We will leverage that expertise and apply the same tenacity and attention to detail in pursuing our UK litigation. “
Hagens Berman United Kingdom launched in London in 2020 and is Hagens Berman’s first international office. The firm has retained a business leader – David Cavender of One Essex Court – to serve as QC in the case against Mercedes. In addition to its London-based team of lawyers, the firm will make other notable hires in the coming weeks.
Steve Berman comments: âWe intend to grow our brand and reputation in the UK market where more can be done to defend the rights of consumers against wrongdoing and corporate violations and where the legal landscape is changing. changing. Along with our emissions and automotive work, where we will initially focus on Mercedes-related litigation in the UK, we intend to expand our practice and workload to other areas of law. , in particular in disputes relating to competition, consumer affairs, the environment, securities and civil rights. “
Current and former owners, tenants and operators of relevant Mercedes vehicle fleets in England and Wales who wish to learn more about the Hagens Berman UK Group Litigation Order can visit www.mercedes-dieselclaims.co.uk. This class action claim is conducted on a no-win, no-cost basis, which means there will be no entry or participation fees.