State-owned companies, municipalities and their communal operators, as well as
joint-stock companies are required by law to examine whether to initiate compensation proceedings against cartel truck manufacturers before the end of 2022.
Let us guide you through the process!
Since 2017 more than 2500 fleet operators from 30 European countries signed contract with us.
This includes small firms with only a couple of trucks through to
large companies with a market capitalisation of €145 billion.
We help all operators
- International and local transport
- Earth-moving, road construction, plant and crane businesses
- Building materials
- Recycling and waste industry
- Business supplies and equipment
- Food and beverages
- Logistics and supply chain
- Oil and energy
- Paper and forest products, timber
- Municipalities, state-owned and private firms
Did you purchase or lease
5 or more new trucks
between 2006 and 2016?
If the answer is yes, you can request a partial refund from the truck manufacturers with our help.
Three simple steps to getting your refund
Send us your invoices or leasing contracts so we can perform a pre-qualification check. No obligations or costs.
When you are comfortable with the outlined process, appoint us to act on your behalf.
Our legal team will take over from there. We will keep you informed of developments.
Two ways to get paid
for the court decision
Allow us to bring out the maximum of your claim by waiting for the final court decision. This way you can get the highest possible amount, but we don’t know exactly when. If the court action wasn’t successful, there would be no refund.
your claim now
Take a discounted refund payable within 30 days, which you can keep even if the court action was unsuccessful.
There are no upfront or hidden costs with either option.
Always stay informed
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know your offer is legitimate?
First you can refer to the Press Release of the European Commission. It states clearly under the section Action for damages, that:
Any person or firm affected by anti-competitive behaviour as described in this case may bring the matter before the courts of the Member States and seek damages. The case law of the Court and Council Regulation 1/2003 both confirm that in cases before national courts, a Commission decision constitutes binding proof that the behaviour took place and was illegal. Even though the Commission has fined the companies concerned, damages may be awarded without being reduced on account of the Commission fine.European Commission
Further, we already have court decisions backing up our approach in Germany.
Finally, we offer to pay you within 30 days if you decide so.
Is it too late to act?
No – at least not at German Courts. But time is running out so make sure you get your claim in as soon as possible. It won’t cost you anything, and there is no risk to you, you only stand to gain.
When do I get my money back?
We don’t know when the claims will be paid out yet. Given the large number of cases and the workload of the courts, the process could take several more years. If you really don’t want to wait you can always settle with us for a lesser amount and have your money within 30 days.
How much do I get?
No one can say for certain. A great development is that Munich Regional Court I has appointed the two leading experts who will determine the amount of damage for the claims we represent. To understand the complexity of the process, the expert team has been working on the report since 2019 and a preliminary expert opinion is expected to be available in 2022.
The best way to get an estimate is to complete our simple form.
Why is the period 2006-2016 relevant?
The earlier years, 1997-2006 are already time-barred. We will probably find a way to reactivate this time period as well, but we need to wait for future court decisions to be able to confirm that. So, for the time being the starting date is 07.2006.
The illegal price-fixing agreements are considered to have formally ended on 18.01.2011, which is the date on which inspections began, but the effects lasted for many years after that. The generally accepted view in the field is that damage can be detected up to the end of 2016, with some going further and predicting 2018 as the final date, but even the most conservative experts are betting on 2014.
How does it work?
A litigation funding company offers you this risk-free opportunity to get your money back.
“Litigation funding” means we provide financing of your legal proceedings.
Is the process really free?
If no financial success is achieved, you will not have to bear any costs or risks. In the case of success, we will receive a certain portion of the money as previously agreed upon in a written litigation funding agreement.
What are the advantages of hiring TruckRefunds.com to get my claims enforced?
You will bear no risk and will not have to pay any upfront costs. The whole process is coordinated by us.
Am I entitled?
If you are located in the EU, EEU, UK or Switzerland and bought or leased a minimum of 5 new trucks over 6 ton (total weight) between 2006 and 2016 from Mercedes, Iveco, DAF, MAN, Volvo / Renault or Scania, you are entitled to claim a refund.
I have sold my vehicle. Can I still claim damages?
If you have sold your vehicle, you are still entitled to compensation.
What if I do not have the invoice for the respective vehicle anymore?
Unfortunately we cannot proceed with your claim without an invoice, a sales contract or a lease contract. These are among the first documents to be submitted to the court.
Is an out-of-court settlement to be expected?
We will first try to achieve an acceptable out-of-court settlement. Past experience shows that there will be litigation though. A common strategy of large corporations in similar cases is often to make life as difficult as possible for claimants to achieve a deterrent effect.
How much time will I have to spend in the preparation for the proceedings?
Once you have submitted the required documents, almost no more effort is needed from you. It is our responsibility to handle everything. You will not have to personally participate in any proceedings.
Why can’t I simply turn to the respective truck manufacturer and demand damages myself?
Of course, you can do so. The results will probably not satisfy you. The past has often shown that corporations vigorously deny compensation claims out of hand, no matter how valid they may be. Companies are taking advantage of the deterrent effect of a complex lawsuit. They expect the strict refusal to pay will work in their favour if only a fraction of the claimants eventually go to court. And regrettably, they are probably right.
Is this going to harm my relationship with the truck dealer?
We only litigate with the truck manufacturers in court; if you are a Truck Cartel victim, your relationship with your dealer remains safe.