Ford to face trial alongside Mercedes for alleged emissions cheating 

February 6, 2024

Ford will join Mercedes in the first set of car company cases to go to trial over alleged emissions cheating and a suite of manufacturers now face claims after an unprecedented month of action in the High Court. 

In a court order handed down on Monday, Group Litigation Orders (GLOs) – which allow similar claims to be heard as one case – had all points of dispute ordered in favor of the Claimant’s position, by Senior Master Cook.

Six other car manufacturers are also now caught up in emissions scandal legal action, bringing the total to ten as the Court also confirmed that GLOs can be granted in cases against:

  • Nissan Renault
  • Volvo 
  • Jaguar Land Rover 
  • Vauxhall 
  • Citroen Peugeot
  • Volkswagen

The news comes after three days of High Court hearings in January. Lawyers are calling 2024 a ‘turbocharged’ year for legal action against manufacturers. The update brings us one step closer to reaching a successful conclusion in the case. 

Diesel emissions scandal

Lawyers allege that engines used by the car manufacturers in their vehicles emitted harmful levels of toxic NOx gasses in breach of EU and UK law and regulatory standards because of prohibited defeat devices.  

Pogust Goodhead’s comment on High Court decision 

“The High Court’s decision makes it very clear that those companies that cheated emissions tests will have to answer for it.

“The level of cynicism involved in this scandal is incredible. Companies misled their customers, authorities, and the public, who bought their cars and their lies and breathed in the toxic pollution their vehicles secretly pumped out.

“This is a public health and consumer scandal. We’re delighted that our clients are one step closer to achieving justice.

“Rather than string the process out, costing themselves and their shareholders unnecessary pain, companies facing legal action should see the writing on the wall and settle their cases as soon as possible.”Tom Goodhead, CEO and Managing Partner at Pogust Goodhead 

Hearings on a further three companies are scheduled for 14-15 February 2024.

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