Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATE: The Order granting Final Approval of the Bosch Class Action Settlement was filed with the Court on May 17, 2017.



  1. What options do I have?
    Summary of Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement
    Participate

    If you filed in the past or file in the future an approved claim in either of the VW Settlements and you do not exclude yourself from the Bosch Settlement, you will automatically receive a cash payment if the Bosch Settlement receives final approval. You will also give up your right to ever be part of any other lawsuit against the Bosch Defendants about the claims being resolved in the Bosch Settlement.

    If you were an Eligible Seller in the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement but you missed the Eligible Seller Identification Deadline, or are an Eligible Former Owner who does not timely register in the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement, you must file a claim in the Bosch Settlement no later than May 1, 2017 to participate. Eligible Sellers whose claims were timely and approved in the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement and Eligible Former Owners whose claims are approved in the future in the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement will automatically receive cash payments from the Bosch Settlement.

    If you exclude yourself from either of the VW Settlements, you may still participate in the Bosch Settlement, but you must file a claim by August 15, 2017 to do so.

    Request Exclusion

    Get no payment from the Bosch Settlement fund. This is the only option that allows you to sue the Bosch Defendants separately over the claims being resolved by this settlement. The deadline for this is April 14, 2017.

    For more information, see FAQ 26.

    File a Claim

    If you do not file an approved Claim in the VW Settlement that applies to your vehicle, or if you request exclusion from the applicable VW Settlements, you will not receive an automatic payment from the Bosch Settlement for that vehicle. If this describes you, you must file a claim form in the Bosch Settlement to participate in the Bosch Settlement and to receive a payment.

    For more information, see FAQ 13.

    Object

    Comment on or object to the Bosch Settlement, without excluding yourself.

    For more information, see FAQ 34.

    Go to a Hearing

    Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Bosch Settlement.

    For more information, see FAQ 37.


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  2. If I don’t request exclusion, when will I receive my payment?

    The earliest possible time payments can begin is shortly after May 11, 2017. The Final Approval Hearing is currently set for May 11, 2017 (see FAQ 36), but it could be re-scheduled. It is a good idea to check the website to see when the Final Approval Hearing will be held. If the Court grants final approval of the Bosch Settlement, payments will begin shortly after the Court issues its order.

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  3. Am I included in the Bosch Settlement?

    The Bosch Settlement Class includes all Class Members in the VW Settlements (both the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter Settlement Classes):

    2.0-liter Settlement Class: All persons (including individuals and entities) who:

    • On September 18, 2015, were registered owners or lessees of, or, in the case of Non-Volkswagen Dealers, held title to or held by bill of sale dated on or before September 18, 2015, an Eligible Vehicle in the United States or its territories; or
    • Between September 18, 2015, and December 30, 2018, become a registered owner of, or, in the case of Non-Volkswagen Dealers, hold title to or hold by bill of sale dated after September 18, 2015, but before the end of the Claims Period, an Eligible Vehicle in the United States or its territories.

    3.0-liter Settlement Class: All persons (including individuals and entities) who:

    • Owned or leased an Eligible Vehicle in the United States or its territories at any time between September 18, 2015, and November 2, 2015, inclusive; or
    • Become the owner of a Generation One Eligible Vehicle in the United States or its territories between November 3, 2015, and June 1, 2019; or
    • Become the owner of a Generation Two Eligible Vehicle in the United States or its territories between November 3, 2015, and December 31, 2019; or
    • Own an Eligible Vehicle in the United States or its territories at the time of participation in the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement Program.

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  4. What are the Eligible Vehicles?

    The following diesel engine vehicles (“Eligible Vehicles”) are included in the Bosch Settlement:

    2.0-LITER CLASS VEHICLES

    MODEL MODEL YEARS
    Volkswagen Jetta 2009-2015
    Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009-2014
    Volkswagen Beetle 2013-2015
    Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2013-2015
    Audi A3 2010-2013; 2015
    Volkswagen Golf 2010-2015
    Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 2015
    Volkswagen Passat 2012-2015

    3.0-LITER CLASS VEHICLES

    MODEL MODEL YEARS
    Volkswagen Touareg 2009-2016
    Audi Q7 2009-2015
    Audi A6 2014-2016
    Audi A7 2014-2016
    Audi A8, A8L 2014-2016
    Audi Q5 2014-2016
    Porsche Cayenne Diesel 2013-2016

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  5. Is anyone excluded from the Bosch Settlement?

    The following entities and individuals are excluded from the class:

    • Owners who acquired a 2.0-liter Eligible Vehicle after September 18, 2015, and transferred title before participating in the VW Settlement Program;
    • Owners who sell or otherwise transfer ownership of their 2.0-liter Eligible Vehicle between June 28, 2016, and September 16, 2016 (the “Opt-Out Deadline”), inclusive of those dates;
    • Owners whose 2.0-liter vehicle (i) could not be driven under the power of its own 2.0-liter TDI engine on June 28, 2016, or (ii) had a Branded Title of Assembled, Dismantled, Flood, Junk, Rebuilt, Reconstructed, or Salvage on September 18, 2015, and was acquired from a junkyard or salvage yard after September 18, 2015;
    • Owners who acquired a 3.0-liter Eligible Vehicle after November 2, 2015, and transferred title on or before January 31, 2017;
    • Owners whose 3.0-liter vehicle had a Branded Title of Assembled, Dismantled, Flood, Junk, Rebuilt, Reconstructed, or Salvage on September 18, 2015, and was acquired from a junkyard, salvage yard, or salvage dealer after September 18, 2015;
    • Owners who sell or otherwise transfer ownership of their 3.0-liter Eligible Vehicle after January 31, 2017, but on or before the Opt-Out Deadline, unless the Eligible Vehicle is (i) unintentionally damaged after January 31, 2017, in a manner that renders it a total loss (i.e., “totaled”) and (ii) transferred to an insurance company or otherwise permanently removed from commerce;
    • Lessees of any vehicle that is leased from a leasing company other than VW Credit, Inc. or Porsche Financial Services;
    • Bosch’s officers, directors, and employees; and Bosch’s affiliates and affiliates’ officers, directors, and employees;
    • Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi officers, directors, and employees; and Volkswagen’s, Porsche’s and Audi’s affiliates and affiliates’ officers, directors, and employees;
    • Any Volkswagen, Porsche or Audi franchise Dealers;
    • Judicial officers and their immediate family members and associated court staff assigned to this case; and
    • All those otherwise in the Class who or which timely and properly exclude themselves from the Class as provided in this Class Action Settlement Agreement.

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  6. What are the “Clean Diesel” cases about?

    On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen and Audi relating to the 2.0-liter Eligible Vehicles sold under the Volkswagen and Audi brands in the United States since 2008. On November 2, 2015, the EPA and CARB issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche relating to the 3.0-liter Eligible Vehicles in the United States sold under Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands.

    The class action alleges that Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche hired Bosch to program the computers in Eligible Vehicles to detect when the cars were undergoing official emissions testing. The class action alleges the cars turned on their full emissions control systems only during testing, but that they were not turned on during normal road use, which caused the cars to emit significantly more pollutants than permitted, in violation of U.S. and state clean air laws.

    The United States on behalf of the EPA, the State of California by and through CARB and the Attorney General of California, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), and attorneys who represent owners and lessees of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles, filed lawsuits against various Volkswagen entities. The lawsuits filed by DOJ/EPA and CARB assert that Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche violated the Clean Air Act and the California Health and Safety Code, and the lawsuits filed by Plaintiffs and the FTC assert that Volkswagen and others intentionally misled consumers about the qualities and characteristics of the diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen and Audi brands. The government entities did not sue Bosch, but the private Plaintiffs did. The Bosch Settlement resolves the claims the private Plaintiffs brought against Bosch.

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  7. I filed an approved claim in the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement, the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement, or in both Settlements. Am I a Class Member here?

    Yes, the Bosch Settlement includes those whose claims are approved in the VW Settlements. If you filed (or will file) a claim in one or both of those settlements and the claim is approved, you are a Class Member here and will be eligible for an automatic payment if you do not opt out of the Bosch Settlement. Remember, if you filed an approved claim in either the 2.0-liter or 3.0-liter settlements, you will get an automatic payment in the Bosch Settlement. You do not have to file a claim.

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  8. What if I timely registered as an Eligible Seller in the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement or as an Eligible Former Owner in the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement? Am I a Class Member here?

    Yes, the Bosch Settlement includes those who timely registered and were verified as an Eligible Seller in the 2.0-liter Settlement or an Eligible Former Owner in the 3.0-liter Settlement. If you registered and were or will be verified as an Eligible Seller in the 2.0-liter Settlement or an Eligible Former Owner in the 3.0-liter Settlement, you are a Class Member here and will be eligible for an automatic payment if you do not opt out.

    Note that the deadline to register as an Eligible Seller has passed for the 2.0-liter Settlement. If you believe you would have qualified as an Eligible Seller in the 2.0-liter Settlement and did not identify yourself in time, you may still file a claim in the Bosch Settlement. The deadline for Eligible Sellers who missed the Eligible Seller deadline in the 2.0-liter Settlement to file a claim in the Bosch Settlement is May 1, 2017. Eligible Former Owners who do not file a claim in the 3.0-liter Settlement can also file a claim in the Bosch Settlement before May 1, 2017.

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  9. What if I requested exclusion from one or both of the VW Settlements?

    If you requested exclusion from the 2.0-liter Settlement or if you choose to do so in the 3.0-liter Settlement, you can still be paid in the Bosch Settlement for your claims against Bosch. You should read the Bosch Settlement Class definition in FAQ 3. Note that if you previously requested exclusion from the 2.0-liter Settlement or if you choose to do so in the 3.0-liter Settlement, and if you want to receive a payment from the Bosch Settlement, you mustfile a claim form in the Bosch Settlement before August 15, 2017.

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  10. What if I have not yet filed my eligible claim in the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement or the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement?

    If you have not yet filed a claim in either of the VW Settlements, you may still receive a payment from the Bosch Settlement. If you file a timely and valid claim in either Settlement before the relevant claim filing deadline, you will receive an automatic settlement payment from the Bosch Settlement unless you exclude yourself from the Bosch Settlement. The claim filing deadline for the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement is September 1, 2018, and the claim filing deadline for the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement is December 31, 2019.

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  11. What if I am not sure whether I am included in the Bosch Settlement?

    If you are not sure whether you are included in the Bosch Settlement, you may send an email to the Claims Administrator at info@BoschVWSettlement.com or you may call toll-free 1-844-305-1928. Live operators are available 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday, except for recognized holidays.

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  12. What cash payment will I receive if I do not request exclusion from the Bosch Settlement?

    The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is an independent government agency whose mission is to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive, or deceptive or unfair to consumers. Acting as an independent third party to the litigation between Class Counsel and Bosch, the FTC chose, the parties agreed to and the Court approved the allocation of the Bosch Settlement fund among members of the Bosch Settlement Class.

    The Bosch Settlement funds will be allocated to Class members as follows:

    • An Eligible Owner of an Eligible Vehicle in the VW 2.0-liter Settlement will receive $350 in the Bosch Settlement, except that if an Eligible Seller has identified himself or herself and filed an approved claim for the Eligible Vehicle, or if an Eligible Lessee has identified himself or herself and filed an approved claim for the Eligible Vehicle, the Eligible Owner will receive $175.
    • An Eligible Seller in the VW 2.0-liter Settlement who has identified himself or herself and filed an approved claim will receive $175 in the Bosch Settlement.
    • An Eligible Lessee in the VW 2.0-liter Settlement will receive $200 in the Bosch Settlement.
    • An Eligible Owner of an Eligible Vehicle in the 3.0-liter Settlement will receive $1,500 in the Bosch Settlement unless:
      • An Eligible Former Owner has identified himself or herself and filed an approved claim for the Eligible Vehicle in the VW 3.0-liter Settlement, in which case the $1,500 payment will be split equally ($750 each) between the Eligible Former Owner and the Eligible Owner.
      • An Eligible Former Lessee has identified himself or herself and filed an approved claim for the Eligible Vehicle in the VW 3.0-liter Settlement, in which case the Eligible Owner will receive $750 in the Bosch Settlement.
      • Two Eligible Former Owners have identified themselves and filed approved claims for the Eligible Vehicle in the 3.0-liter Settlement, in which case the $1,500 will be split among the Eligible Owner and the two Eligible Former Owners, with $750 going to the Eligible Owner and $375 each to the two Eligible Former Owners.
    • An Eligible Lessee in the VW 3.0-liter Settlement will receive $1,200 in the Bosch Settlement.

    The above payments are net payments to Class Members. They will not be reduced by attorneys’ fees or expenses for Class Counsel.

    The entire Bosch Settlement fund, plus any interest, will be distributed over the course of the settlement process through a combination of one or more payments to Bosch Settlement Class Members, and if approved by the Court, payment of attorneys’ fees and expenses from the Bosch Settlement. If any money remains in the fund at the end of the claims process, the parties may request that the Court approve cy pres payments (generally payments to a charity or charities related to the terms of a settlement) if it is not administratively and/or economically feasible to distribute the remaining money pro rata to the Bosch Settlement Class Members.

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  13. I did not file a claim in either the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement or the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement. How do I file a claim here?

    If you do not file a claim in either the 2.0-liter Settlement or in the 3.0-liter Settlement, you will need to file a claim in the Bosch Settlement to receive a payment from the Bosch Settlement. You can file your claim via the Submit a Claim page on this website, by fax, or by mail to the Claims Administrator at Bosch Settlement, P.O. Box 5110, Portland, OR 97208-5110.

    The deadline to file a claim in the Bosch Settlement is December 31, 2019. There are two exceptions:

    • If you excluded yourself from either or both of the VW Settlements, the deadline is August 15, 2017; and
    • If you missed the deadline to identify yourself as an Eligible Seller in the 2.0-liter Settlement or do not identify yourself as an Eligible Former Owner in the 3.0-liter Settlement, the deadline is May 1, 2017.

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  14. If I must file a claim, what supporting documents are needed?

    To start your claim, go to the submit a claim page of this website and submit your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). You will be asked to submit supporting documentation, including (depending on your particular circumstances):

    • Vehicle registration;
    • Vehicle title (owners with no lien);
    • Lease contract (Lessees); and/or
    • Driver’s license (or other state-approved government-issued photo identification).

    Please Note: The portal currently located on the submit a claim page is for Bosch Class Members to register as 2.0-liter VW Settlement Eligible Sellers or 3.0-liter VW Settlement Eligible Former Owners. To determine whether you must register for the Bosch Settlement, please review the instructions located on the submit a claim page. The Bosch Settlement paper Claim and Claim Filing Portal will be available in mid-May 2017.

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  15. When will I receive my payment?

    If you have already filed a 2.0-liter or 3.0-liter claim that was approved in the 2.0-liter or 3.0-liter VW Settlements, you will automatically receive a payment from the Bosch Settlement once the Settlement is approved (if you do not request exclusion). The earliest this could take place is shortly after May 11, 2017. If you file a claim in one of the VW Settlements in the future, you will receive a payment from the Bosch Settlement after your claim in the VW Settlement is approved. If you do not file a claim in either of the VW Settlements, but file a claim in the Bosch Settlement, you will receive a payment as soon as your claim is approved.

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  16. What are the tax implications of receiving a settlement payment?

    While it is the intention of the parties that any payments made as a result of the Bosch Settlement not be subject to taxation, you should consult a tax professional to assess the specific tax implications of any payment you may receive. A tax professional will help you understand the specific tax implications for you.

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  17. How do I change my address?

    To change your address in the administrator’s database, please send a letter signed by you requesting an address update, which includes your former and current mailing addresses to the Claims Administrator at Bosch Settlement, P.O. Box 5110, Portland, OR 97208-5110.

    Important Note: Changing your address with the Bosch Administrator will only update your records for the Bosch Settlement. Please follow the prescribed procedures in the VW Settlements for changing your address in those matters.

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  18. How do I update my name?

    To change your name in the administrator’s database, please send a letter signed by you requesting a name change, which includes your former and current name, along with supporting documentation (i.e., valid driver’s license, state ID, and/or marriage certificate) to the Claims Administrator at Bosch Settlement, P.O. Box 5110, Portland, OR 97208-5110.

    Important Note: Changing your name with the Bosch Administrator will only update your records for the Bosch Settlement. Please follow the prescribed procedures in the VW Settlements for changing your name in those matters.

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  19. Why did I receive a Notice?

    You received a Notice because you may be a Class Member of the Bosch Settlement involving certain VW Diesel vehicle owners and lessees. The Court in charge of this case authorized this Notice because Class Members have a right to know about the proposed settlement of this lawsuit, and to understand all of their options before the Court decides whether or not to approve the Bosch Settlement. The Notice summarizes the Bosch Settlement and explains Class Members’ legal rights and options under the Bosch Settlement.

    Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California is in charge of this case. The case is known as In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 3:15-md-2672-CRB. The people who sued are called the “Plaintiffs.” Bosch is a “Defendant.”

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  20. What is a class action?

    A class action is a representative lawsuit. One or more plaintiffs (who are also called “class representatives”) sue on behalf of themselves and all other people with similar claims, who are not named, but are described in the class definition and are called “Class Members.” When a class action is settled, the Court resolves the issues in the lawsuit for all Class Members, except for those who request exclusion from (or “opt out” of) the class. Opting out means that you will not receive benefits under the Bosch Settlement but you retain your right to sue the Bosch defendants on your own. The opt out process is described in FAQ 26.

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  21. Who are the Bosch Defendants?

    Bosch is the manufacturer of the software in the 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter Eligible Vehicles (see FAQ 4 for a list of Eligible Vehicles) that controlled whether the emissions systems operated in a manner compliant with EPA and CARB standards.

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  22. How were these Settlements reached?

    After extensive Court-ordered negotiations, supervised by former FBI Director Robert Mueller (the Court-appointed Settlement Master), Class Counsel and Bosch agreed to settle the claims in this case. There are multiple settlements in this case, including settlements with certain states and other U.S. government agencies, because there are multiple lawsuits brought or contemplated by different government entities, and by the vehicle owners themselves. The Bosch Settlement, if approved, will resolve most of the claims related to the affected 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine vehicles that were brought against the Bosch Defendants.

    A settlement is an agreement between a plaintiff (or multiple plaintiffs) and a defendant (or multiple defendants) to resolve a lawsuit. Settlements end all or part of a lawsuit without a trial, and without the court or a jury ruling in favor of the plaintiff(s) or the defendant(s). A settlement allows the parties to avoid the costs and risks of a trial, and the very significant time delays of litigation. Class Counsel believe that the proposed Bosch Settlement is fair and reasonable for the class, and that it is in the public and environmental interest.

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  23. What am I giving up in exchange for receiving the Bosch Settlement benefits?

    In exchange for your payment from Bosch, you will give up your right to sue the Bosch Defendants for the claims being resolved by the Bosch Settlement (see FAQ 6). The Bosch settlement has no effect on claims concerning other Bosch products, or for vehicles not included in the Bosch Settlement.

    Section 9 of the Bosch Settlement Agreement contains the complete text and details of what Class Members give up unless they exclude themselves from the Bosch Settlement, so please read it carefully. The Bosch Settlement Agreement is available here. If you have any questions, you may talk to the law firms listed in FAQ 31 for free, or you may talk to your own lawyer.

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  24. Am I releasing any personal injury or wrongful death claims if I participate in the Bosch Settlement?

    No. The Bosch Settlement does not affect or release any personal injury or wrongful death claims you may have, now or in the future.

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  25. What are my potential legal claims and remedies in this class action?

    There are over 150 claims for relief in this nationwide class action, including some claims that seek treble or punitive damages. The list of claims starts on page 208 of the Consolidated Consumer Class Action Complaint, filed on February 22, 2016, in the Northern District of California. The Consolidated Consumer Class Action Complaint can be found at www.cand.uscourts.gov/crb/vwmdl. If you have any questions about the claims and remedies in the class action, you may talk to the law firms listed in FAQ 31 for free, or you may talk to your own lawyer.

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  26. How do I get out of the Bosch Settlement?

    If you do not want to receive benefits from the Bosch Settlement, and you want to retain the right to sue the Bosch Defendants about the legal issues in this case, then you must take steps to remove yourself from the Bosch Settlement. You may do this by asking to be excluded from—sometimes referred to as “opting out” of—the Bosch Settlement. To do so, you must mail a letter or other written document to the Court-appointed Claims Administrator. Your request must include:

    • Your name, address, and telephone number;
    • A statement that says “I wish to exclude myself from the Bosch Settlement in In re: Volkswagen 'Clean Diesel' Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, No. 3:15-md-2672 (N.D. Cal.); and
    • Your personal signature and date.

    You must mail your exclusion request, postmarked no later than April 14, 2017, to the Claims Administrator at Bosch Settlement, P.O. Box 5110, Portland, OR 97208-5110.

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  27. If I do not exclude myself, can I sue the Bosch Defendants for the same thing later?

    No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up the right to sue the Bosch Defendants for all of the claims that the Bosch Settlement resolves.

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  28. If I exclude myself, can I still get full benefits from the Bosch Settlement?

    No. If you exclude yourself, you will not get a payment from the Bosch Settlement.

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  29. If I excluded myself from the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement or the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement, can I still get a payment from the Bosch Settlement?

    Yes. If you excluded yourself from either or both of the VW Settlements, you can still participate in the Bosch Settlement and receive a payment. If you are a Bosch Settlement Class Member, you are eligible to participate in the Bosch Settlement. Note that if you requested exclusion from a VW Settlement you were eligible for, you must file a claim in the Bosch Settlement to receive a payment from the Bosch Settlement.

    If you requested exclusion from one of the VW Settlements and you also want to preserve your rights to sue the Bosch Defendants, you must also request exclusion as described in FAQ 26.

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  30. If I opt out and pursue my case, could I get a larger recovery?

    The law of most states provides for various remedies, including actual damages, punitive or multiple damages, and rescission, if a claim is proved at trial and upheld on appeal. None of these can be predicted with certainty, and all take additional time and may be subject to offsets or deductions for attorneys’ fees and costs. The Bosch Settlement is designed to provide benefits that are certain, not subject to the delay and risk of trial and appeal, and not reduced by fees or costs.

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  31. Do I have a lawyer in the case?

    Yes. The Court has appointed a number of lawyers to represent all Class Members as “Class Counsel,” without charge to you. They are:

    Elizabeth Cabraser
    Lead Counsel
    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
    275 Battery Street
    29th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Lynn Lincoln Sarko
    Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
    1201 Third Avenue
    Suite 3200
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Steve W. Berman
    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
    1918 Eighth Avenue
    Suite 3300
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Benjamin L. Bailey
    Bailey and Glasser LLP
    209 Capital Street
    Charleston, WV 25301
    David Boies
    Boies Schiller and Flexner
    333 Main Street
    Armonk, NY 10504
    David Seabold Casey, Jr.
    Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP
    110 Laurel St
    San Diego, CA 92101
    James E. Cecchi
    Carella Byrne Cecchi Olstein Brody & Agnello, P.C.
    5 Becker Farm Road
    Roseland, NJ 07068
    Roxanne Barton Conlin
    Roxanne Conlin and Associates
    319 7th Street
    Suite 600
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III
    Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles
    218 Commerce Street
    P.O. Box 4160
    Montgomery, AL 36103
    Frank Mario Pitre
    Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP
    San Francisco Airport Office Center
    840 Malcolm Road
    Suite 200
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    Rosemary M. Rivas
    Levi & Korsinsky LLP
    44 Montgomery Street
    Suite 650
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Joseph F. Rice
    Motley Rice LLC
    28 Bridgeside Boulevard
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
    Christopher A. Seeger
    Seeger Weiss LLP
    77 Water Street
    New York, NY 10005
    Jayne Conroy
    Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC
    112 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10016
    Paul J. Geller
    Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd LLP
    120 East Palmetto Park Road
    Suite 500
    Boca Raton, FL 33432
    Robin L. Greenwald
    Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.
    700 Broadway
    New York, NY 10003
    Michael D. Hausfeld
    Hausfeld LLP
    1700 K Street NW
    Suite 650
    Washington, DC 20006
    Michael Everett Heygood
    Heygood, Orr, Pearson
    6363 North State Highway 161
    Suite 450
    Irving, TX 75038
    Adam J. Levitt
    Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.
    30 North LaSalle Street
    Suite 1200
    Chicago, IL 60602
    J. Gerard Stranch IV
    Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC
    223 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
    Suite 200
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Roland K. Tellis
    Baron Budd, P.C.
    15910 Ventura Boulevard
    Encino Plaza
    Suite 1600
    Encino, CA 91436
    Lesley Elizabeth Weaver
    Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP
    1999 Harrison Street
    Suite 670
    Oakland, CA 94612
       

    You will not be charged for contacting these lawyers.

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  32. I’ve received solicitation letters from attorneys. Do I need to hire my own attorney to get money from the Bosch Settlement?

    No. Class Counsel will represent you at no charge to you apart from the Court-approved attorneys’ fees and expenses awarded from this Settlement. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense. It is possible that you will receive less money overall if you choose to hire your own lawyer to litigate against the Bosch Defendants rather than receive compensation from this Settlement.

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  33. How will the lawyers be paid?

    Class Counsel will ask the district court to award attorneys’ fees of a maximum of 16 percent of the Settlement fund plus expenses from the Bosch Settlement fund, and those fees and expenses are subject to approval by the Court. The Bosch Defendants will not have to pay any attorneys’ fees or expenses in any amount over and above the Bosch Settlement fund. Class Members will have an opportunity to comment on and/or object to the request for attorneys’ fees and expenses at an appropriate time.

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  34. How do I tell the Court if I do not like the Bosch Settlement?

    If you do not exclude yourself from the Bosch Settlement, you may object to it. The Court will consider your views. To comment on or to object to the Bosch Settlement, you or your attorney must submit your written objection to the Court, including the following:

    • Your name, address, and telephone number;
    • A statement saying that you object to the Bosch Settlement in In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, No. 3:15-md-2672 (N.D. Cal.);
    • The reasons you object to the Bosch Settlement, along with any supporting materials;
    • The VIN of your Eligible Vehicle and the dates you owned or leased the Eligible Vehicle; and
    • Your signature and date.

    In addition, if you wish to speak at the final approval hearing (the “Fairness Hearing”), you must submit a written notice of your intent (see FAQ 38).

    You must mail your objection to the three addresses below postmarked no later than April 14, 2017:

    Court Class Counsel Defense Counsel
    Clerk of the Court/Judge Charles R. Breyer
    Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse
    450 Golden Gate Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Elizabeth Cabraser
    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
    275 Battery Street
    29th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Matthew D. Slater
    Cleary Gottlieb
    2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20006

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  35. What is the difference between objecting to the Bosch Settlement and opting out?

    You can object only if you do not opt out of the class. Opting out is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Bosch Settlement, and you do not want to receive any payment from the Bosch Settlement. If you opt out, you have no basis to object to the Bosch Settlement by telling the Court you do not like something about it, because the case no longer affects you.

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  36. When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the Bosch Settlement?

    The Court will hold the final approval or “Fairness Hearing” on May 11, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, located at the United States Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 17th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102, before determining whether to approve the Bosch Settlement. The hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so it is a good idea to check this website or call 1-844-305-1928 for updates. At this hearing, the Court will hear evidence about whether the Bosch Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. If there are objections, the Court will consider them and may listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Bosch Settlement. We do not know how long that decision will take.

    The Court also may consider the request for attorneys’ fees and reasonable costs by Class Counsel (see FAQ 33) during the Fairness Hearing, or at a time that will be set at a later date by the Court. Please check this website for updates on when the Court will hear the attorneys’ fees and expenses motion.

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  37. Do I have to attend the hearing?

    No. Class Counsel will answer questions the Court may have. You are welcome to attend at your own expense. If you timely file an objection, you do not have to come to Court to talk about it. As long as you mailed your written objection on time, the Court will consider it. You also may have your own lawyer attend at your expense, but it is not necessary.

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  38. May I speak at the hearing?

    You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing. The Court will determine whether to grant you permission to speak. To do so, you must send a letter stating that it is your “Notice of Intention to Appear at the Bosch Settlement in In re: Volkswagen 'Clean Diesel' Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, No. 3:15-md-2672 (N.D. Cal.).” Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and your signature. Your notice of intention to appear must be postmarked no later than April 14, 2017, and sent to all of the addresses listed in FAQ 34.

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  39. How do I get more information?

    The Notice and this website summarize the proposed Bosch Settlement. More details are in the Bosch Settlement Agreement. You can get a copy of both of these documents and others at the Important Documents page of this website. You also may write with questions to the Claims Administrator at Bosch Settlement, P.O. Box 5110, Portland, OR 97208-5110 or call toll-free 1-844-305-1928. Live operators are available 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday, except for recognized holidays.

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Important Bosch Class Action Settlement Dates

Date Event
February 14, 2017 Preliminary Approval Hearing
April 14, 2017 Bosch Settlement Exclusion (Opt Out) Deadline
April 14, 2017 Bosch Settlement Objection Deadline
May 1, 2017 If you are an Eligible Seller and missed the Identification Deadline in the 2.0-liter Settlement, or if you are an Eligible Former Owner and do not file a claim in the 3.0-liter Settlement, you have until May 1, 2017 to file a claim in the Bosch Settlement.
May 11, 2017 Fairness Hearing
August 15, 2017 Bosch Settlement Claim Filing Deadline for those who excluded themselves from either the 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement or the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement
December 31, 2019 Bosch Settlement Claim Filing Deadline

Important 2.0-liter Class Action Settlement Dates

Date Event
September 16, 2016 Deadline to register as an Eligible Seller in the 2.0-liter Settlement
September 1, 2018 Claim Submission Deadline for the 2.0-liter Class Settlement*

Important 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement Dates

Date Event
May 1, 2017 Deadline to register as an Eligible Former Owner in the 3.0-liter Settlement
June 1, 2019 Claim Submission Deadline for the Generation One vehicles in the 3.0-liter Settlement*
December 31, 2019 Claim Submission Deadline for the Generation Two vehicles in the 3.0-liter Class Action Settlement*

* Note: This is not the Claim Filing Deadline for the Bosch Settlement.