You could be owed up to £60 if you bought or leased any car or van between 2006 and 2015
A £150m lawsuit claims five major shipping companies charged millions of motorists and businesses too much for delivery.
A £150m lawsuit claims five major shipping companies charged millions of motorists and businesses too much for the delivery of new cars and vans. If the claim succeeds, you could get back the extra charges you paid. Sign up to stay updated.
Five major shipping companies in overcharging claim
Five major shipping companies have been accused of operating illegally to overcharge UK consumers and businesses for the delivery of new cars and vans. The companies in question are MOL, “K” Line, NYK, WWL/EUKOR and CSAV.
The legal action follows EU fines of €395m levied in 2018 after it was found that these companies were involved in an illegal cartel which increased car and van delivery charges. The companies were found to be conspiring to fix the cost of delivery.
Are you entitled to money back?
You could be owed up to £60 if you:
- Bought or leased a new car or van between 18 October 2006 and 6 September 2015
You may be entitled to claim for more if you bought multiple vehicles during this time. The list of vehicle manufacturers included in the claim is large and includes big brands like BMW, Ford, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.
The car delivery charges claim
Consumer champion Mark McLaren is approved to represent the millions of motorists and businesses who may have been ripped off. McLaren accused these five major companies of breaking the law by agreeing what prices to charge and dividing customers between them.
McLaren has instructed the law firm Scott+Scott to represent him in the consumer collective claim to seek compensation for those people who have paid too much. This legal action is funded by Woodsford Litigation Funding so there are no legal fees to pay by those affected.
How to claim compensation
You don’t have to do anything at the moment. This is an ‘opt-out’ collective claim, meaning you are automatically eligible for compensation if you bought or leased a brand of car or van that is included in the claim between 18 October 2006 and 6 September 2015.
Sign up to Consumer Voice to stay updated and to find out when you can claim.
We will keep you updated on the latest developments in the car delivery charges claim and other group consumer claims.
What’s happening with this claim?
The Competition Appeal Tribunal certified the application for this claim on 18 February 2022. This gave the go ahead for the claim to proceed to full trial with McLaren representing affected motorists and businesses. Shipping firms appealed against this decision. In June 2023, the UK Supreme Court announced that it had refused to allow a further appeal against certification of the collective action to proceed to trial.
In October 2023, a proposed settlement was agreed between McLaren and CSAV, one of the five shipping companies. The value of the settlement is £1.5 million. McLaren will be seeking approval from the Tribunal for the settlement on 6 December 2023. This will not settle the claim against MOL, “K” Line, NYK and WWL/EUKOR. A trial date against these four companies will be listed in early 2025.
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