July 2021: The Court granted final approval of both the Mercedes and Bosch settlement agreements.

2020: The Court preliminarily approved two settlement agreements (Bosch agreement/order and Mercedes agreement/order). Go to https://www.mbbluetecsettlement.com/ for more information.

March 2019: Plaintiffs filed a Fifth Consolidated and Amended Class Action Complaint similarly alleging that Mercedes BlueTEC “Clean Diesel” vehicles are marketed as being “earth-friendly” and producing “fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline” when, according to the complaint, the vehicles emit more of the dangerous oxides of nitrogen (NOx) than advertised.

February 2019: A federal judge dismissed some state law claims in the Fourth Consolidated and Amended Class Action Complaint. To read the full decision, click here.

December 2016: A federal judge dismissed the complaint When a complaint is dismissed without prejudice, an amended version of the complaint can be refiled. finding that plaintiffs did not have standing. To read the court’s decision, click here. An amended complaint making similar allegations (i.e., that the company markets BlueTEC vehicles as being “Clean Diesel” when they actually are not “clean”) was filed later in December.

May 2016: Several similar lawsuits against Mercedes-Benz were combined and a Consolidated and Amended Class Action Complaint was filed. The complaint alleges that the company markets vehicles as being “Clean Diesel” when they actually emit more pollution on the road than in lab tests and they exceed federal and state emission standards. According to the complaint, the company programmed BlueTEC vehicles to turn off or limit the effectiveness of emission reduction systems during real-world driving. (In Re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation, Case No. 16-cv-881, D.N.J.)

February-April 2016: Multiple class-action lawsuits were filed against Mercedes-Benz for allegedly marketing BlueTEC vehicles as being “Clean Diesel” and “Earth Friendly” when such claims are not true. According to the complaint, the vehicles emit more dangerous oxides of nitrogen (NOx) than the United States Environmental Protection Agency permits. Click on the case information below to read the complaints.

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