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Who is eligible for payment in the Mercedes-Benz class action?

If you have purchased a Mercedes diesel vehicle between 2009 and 2016, you have probably following the story.

Our legal team has been part of an important class action settlement with Mercedes. As we reported on our website, “[t]he settlement with Mercedes Benz is valued at more than $700 million and provides substantial benefits to nearly 250,000 owners and lessees of affected diesel Mercedes vehicles.”

The gist of the case was the Mercedes installed certain vehicles with its Blue-TEC emissions systems that were created to pass emissions tests but release illegally high levels of toxic emissions when in regular use.

Are you eligible?

The main question you might have now is whether or not you are eligible to receive a portion of this substantial settlement.

The eligibility requirements for compensation from this class-action settlement are numerous:

  • You need to have Approved Emission Modifications (AEM) installed before you can be eligible.
  • You must have owned or leased a subject vehicle on or before September 14, 2020.
  • You can also be included is you began owning a subject vehicle after that date in which an AEM had not been installed. This includes all automobile dealers and resellers.

These are the basic requirements for inclusion in the class. If you are unsure of whether you qualify, gather all the documentation possible and contact an experienced attorney right away to see if you are eligible for compensation.

How much is my case worth?

There are numerous levels of compensation for those who qualify, and there are other ancillary claims, as well.

  • Current owners/lessees: $3,290, if no other former owner or lessee submits a valid claim
  • Current owners/lessees, option 2: $2,467.50, if a former owner or lessee has submitted a valid claim on the same vehicle or if you purchased the vehicle after September 14, 2020
  • Former owners/lessees: $822.50

There is also a detailed list of the specific vehicles involved in this settlement.

If you think you might be eligible, you need to have an AEM installed on the vehicle and submit a claim before October 1, 2022. Before proceeding, you should talk with a lawyer involved with this class-action to determine your options.