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US firm joins scramble for Mercedes emissions clients

Mercedes: Claims building

US law firm Milberg has become the latest to try and build a group of UK claimants to sue Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG over another emissions cheating scandal.

Slater & Gordon and PGMBM – the renamed SPG Law – are also building groups.

Milberg plans to allege that Daimler defrauded and overcharged owners, broke EU rules, and provided fixes that compromise vehicle function and efficiency.

Daimler has issued recalls and paid an €870m fine for allegedly selling diesel vehicles with software, or ‘defeat devices’, that made their engines appear cleaner than they were.

The action will be similar to the Volkswagen Dieselgate lawsuit – last month, the High Court ruled [1] that Volkswagen tried to cheat clean air regulations.

In 2018, Daimler issued a recall of 774,000 vehicles, including diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito, and GLC models, after German authorities accused the carmaker of installing the software in its line of European diesels.

Last year, they ordered Mercedes to recall an additional 60,000 GLK 220 model vehicles produced between 2012 and 2015. Daimler also issued a voluntary recall in 2017 of three million vehicles for emissions concerns.

Daimler settled a government probe into selling rigged diesel cars in September 2019.

The high levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions may have increased owners’ fuel bills and maintenance costs, and reduced the performance of their vehicles, as well as potentially harming people and the environment.

Milberg Ltd, an affiliate firm of US class action firm Milberg Phillips Grossman, is also involved in the Volkswagen case.

Partner Glenn Phillips said: “We may just be seeing the tip of the iceberg with Daimler’s cheating. But as we’ve seen in the United States and Germany with Dieselgate consumer lawsuits, courts have repeatedly sided with owners and awarded them compensation in these cases.”

Anyone who owned or leased a ‘BlueTec’ diesel Mercedes manufactured between September 2009 and February 2016 may be eligible for the group.