Vauxhall owners will ‘not be charged a penny’ in legal action case says lawyer

VAUXHALL owners have been told they “won’t be charged a penny” as a result of legal action against the manufacturer.

Millberg London has reassured drivers they will “indemnify claimants against the risk of adverse costs” if the legal action order is unsuccessful. They warn this would “minimise personal liability” for claimants who join the group action against Vauxhall.

The statement said: “If Milberg London are not successful, our clients won’t be charged a penny.

“Milberg London and the litigation funder take on the risk and pay all the upfront and on-going costs including expert fees, Court fees and barrister fees.

“We also take out and pay for insurance against paying the defendant’s costs should we lose.

“Any order from the Court for the claimants to pay Vauxhall’s costs in the event of a loss would be met by the insurance policy.

“Should the policy not respond for any reason, Milberg London has agreed to indemnify claimants against the risk of adverse costs.

“By doing this, we have done everything we reasonably can to minimise any personal liability for clients.”

Millberg London has started the Vauxhall Pay Up campaign after losing more than a million owners may have had defeat devices installed on their cars.

Defeat devices are tools which sit in the car’s engine management system and trick emissions tests to show lower rates of emission than the real number.

This allows cars to meet tough Euro Standards before pumping extra pollution into the air when the car is being used on the road.

Millberg London claims Vauxhall owners have been “mis-sold” cars which were less than what drivers paid for them.

They say drivers were promised a combination of environmental impact and performance which could never be reached under real driving conditions.

Lawyers say the claim affects a range of popular models such as the Corsa and Astra built between 2009 and 2019.

The campaign will claim under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations which protects those who have been mis-sold products with misleading information.

The law states customers could receive between 25 and 75 percent of the purchase price back in compensation.

Millberg London added: “It is simple, costs nothing to take part, and is currently the only legal route for consumers who were affected.

“Anyone who is affected could be due thousands of pounds in compensation.

However, Vauxhall has denied the claims they use defeat devices in their cars at all.

In a statement, the manufacturer said: “‘Vauxhall Motors is not aware of any such claim and rejects any accusation of using illegal defeat devices.

“Our vehicles meet the applicable regulations.”

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