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Date set for next hearing in UK legal action against VW

The next hearing in the UK legal action against the Volkswagen Group for its use of so-called ‘defeat devices’ will take place on Monday 27 November, with current and previous car owners of affected vehicles still able to join the group action lawsuit.

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Hearing in UK legal action against VW set for 27 November

The lawsuit is being led by law firm Slater and Gordon as they look to secure compensation for owners affected by the scandal after US judges last year approved a £12bn settlement to compensate drivers there. The legal action alleges that the cars should not have been sold with ‘defeat devices’ fitted as under normal conditions they would not have been certified for sale. It adds that the cars were sold for more than they were worth as they were not roadworthy.

Although close to 45,000 VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi car owners have joined the legal action, the VW Emissions Action UK consumer action group says more than one million UK affected car owners are yet to sign up.

David Strawson, chairman of the UK VW Emissions Action Committee, said: “The more of us who join the legal action, the more pressure we can put on VW to try and make things right. We are looking forward to the next hearing in November and progressing the case so that VW can be held to account sooner rather than later.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.