Frequently Asked Questions

  1. WHY DID I RECEIVE A NOTICE DIRECTING ME TO THIS WEBSITE?

    A Court authorized a notice because you have a right to know about the proposed Settlement of a class action lawsuit known as In re: Caterpillar, Inc. C13 and C15 Engine Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court District of New Jersey, MDL No. 2540, Master Docket No. 14-3722(JBS)(JS) and about all of your options before the Court decides whether to give final approval to the Settlement. The Notice explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, and your legal rights.

    If you did not receive a copy of the Notice, you can download a copy here.

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  2. WHAT IS THIS LITIGATION ABOUT?

    The lawsuit alleges that Caterpillar's exhaust emission control system, known as the CAT Regeneration System (“CRS”), failed to work reliably, causing its EPA 2007 Compliant Caterpillar On Highway C13 and C15 engines (manufactured in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009), including the CRS components incorporated therewith (“Subject Engines”) to derate (lose horsepower) and shut down and requiring Caterpillar authorized, dealer technicians to repair the Subject Engines, which they allegedly could not effectively do. The complaint in the lawsuit alleges that the CRS failed to operate under all conditions and all applications on a consistent and reliable basis even after repeated CRS warranty repairs and replacements. Allegedly, these repeated warranty repairs and replacements failed to correct the CRS issues, resulting in damages to the owners and lessees of vehicles with the Subject Engines. The alleged damages included diminished value of the vehicles powered by the Subject Engines and out-of-pocket costs such as repair invoices, towing costs, vehicle rental costs and related hotel/taxi charges. Among other claims, the complaint alleges causes of action for breach of express warranty.

    Caterpillar has filed answers denying the claims of Plaintiffs and strongly denies all of Plaintiffs’ claims; denies all allegations of wrongdoing, fault, liability or damage of any kind to Plaintiffs or the Class/Settlement Class; denies that it acted improperly or wrongfully in any way; and believes that this litigation is without merit.

    Judge Jerome B. Simandle of the United States District Court District of New Jersey is overseeing this case. The people who sued are called the “Plaintiffs.” Caterpillar Inc. (Caterpillar) is the “Defendant.”

    The Plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint, the Settlement Agreement, Preliminary Approval Order, and other case-related documents are posted here. The Settlement resolves the lawsuit. The Court has not decided who is right.

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  3. WHY IS THIS A CLASS ACTION?

    In a class action, one or more people called “Class Representatives” sue on behalf of themselves and other people with similar claims. Together, all the people with similar claims (except those who exclude themselves) are members of a “Settlement Class.”

    The Class Representatives here are Ronald Bagley; Bailey Coach, Inc.; BK Trucking Co.; Leroy Bolton Trucking Co.; David Brewer; Brian Brown; Bryant’s Transport, Inc.; C&F Movers, Inc.; Columbia Petroleum Transportation, LLC; DeCamp Bus Lines; Eagle Valley South, Inc.; Easton Coach Company; Eclipse Charter & Tours, LLC; First Priority Tours, Inc.; G&G Specialized Carriers; Gentry Coach d/b/a Gentry Trailways; Harmon Bros. Charter Services, Inc.; John Lamanteer; K Double D, Inc.; Kelton Tours Unlimited Limited Liability Company; Edward Charles McLean; MNS Enterprises, Inc.; NW Navigator Luxury Coaches LLC; Roadrunner Charters, Inc.; Salud Services, Inc. d/b/a Endeavor Bus Lines; S&M Mercado, Inc.; German Saravia; Scenic Boundaries Trans. Inc.; Tri-City Charter of Bossier Inc.; U.S. Transport; Vandalia Bus Lines, Inc.; Ricky A. Williams; and Windy City Limousine LLC.

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  4. WHY IS THERE A SETTLEMENT?

    The Court has not decided in favor of the Plaintiffs or Defendant. Instead, both sides have agreed to the Settlement. By agreeing to the Settlement, the Parties avoid the costs and uncertainty of a trial, and if the Settlement is approved by the Court, Settlement Class members will receive the benefits described in the Notice. The proposed Settlement does not mean that any law was broken or that Caterpillar did anything wrong. Caterpillar denies all legal claims in this case. Plaintiffs and their lawyers think the proposed Settlement is best for everyone who is affected.

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  5. WHAT IS A “SUBJECT ENGINE,” A “CRS,” AND A “CRS RELATED REPAIR?”

    A “Subject Engine” is defined as all EPA 2007 Compliant Caterpillar On Highway C13 and C15 engines (manufactured in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009) at issue in the lawsuit, including the CRS components of the engines.

    “CRS” stands for “Caterpillar Regeneration System” and describes the components of the Subject Engines. The parts that make up the CRS are described here.

    A “CRS Related Repair” means a repair or replacement of any Caterpillar Regeneration System related part or component (an ARD Head for example) as indicated by the 45 DT and F code combinations set forth here. Repairs or replacements made due to a Caterpillar Service Letter performed pro-actively shall not be considered as a CRS Related Repair. The CRS Related Repair can have occurred at any time during your ownership of a vehicle with the Subject Engine. If you have any questions about how to determine the number of CRS Related Repairs that cannot be answered by the Notice or this website, you may call the Settlement Administrator at 1-888-593-5379.

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  6. WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE SETTLEMENT?

    The Settlement includes all persons or entities in the United States who are original purchasers, original lessees, subsequent purchasers or subsequent lessees (including but not limited to those having purchased via a TRAC option or some rights to residual purchase of vehicles at lease end) of a vehicle powered by a Subject Engine. The Parties agree to certification of the national Settlement Class for purposes of the Settlement Agreement only.

    Excluded from the Class are Defendant, all present or former affiliates and/or directors of Defendant, the Judge of this Court, the Judge’s family and staff, and all persons who have already made a timely and valid exclusion to be excluded from the Class in accordance with the provisions of the Notice of Pendency, all persons who have already released claims against Defendant for the relief provided herein, and all persons who will make a timely and valid election to be excluded from the Class in accordance with the provisions of the Notice. Settlement Class does not include persons or entities that have previously executed settlement releases concerning the Subject Engines. Such persons or entities that have previously executed settlement releases are specifically excluded from the Class.

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  7. WHAT DOES THE SETTLEMENT PROVIDE?

    The Settlement establishes a $60 million Settlement Fund for the benefit of the Class. All Class members who submit an Approved Claim (one deemed by the Settlement Administrator to be on time, accurate and complete) will be eligible to receive a pro rata share of the Net Settlement Fund according to the following guidelines:

    1. Class members who experienced no CRS Related Repairs are eligible to receive (but not guaranteed) $500 for each Subject Engine.
    2. Class members who experienced one to five qualified CRS Related Repairs are eligible to receive (but not guaranteed) $5,000 per Subject Engine.
    3. Class members who experienced six or more qualified CRS Related Repairs are eligible to receive (but not guaranteed) $10,000.00 per Subject Engine (the amount ultimately distributed under this option will be twice the amount distributed under option B).

    Instead of seeking a payment as set forth in B or C above, each eligible Class member that experienced at least one CRS Related Repair has the option to seek to claim losses (proofs could include receipts, invoices, bills, etc.) up to a maximum of $15,000, experienced as a consequence of qualified CRS Related Repairs. These losses can include but not be limited to towing charges, rental charges, and hotel charges. In the event the Class member seeks payment pursuant to this optional prove up process, the Class member shall not be eligible to seek payment under B. or C. above.

    Payments to eligible Claimants may be adjusted pro rata (up or down) depending on the number of eligible claims filed and the total amount of the Settlement Fund available to pay claims. Payments to Class members will exhaust the Net Settlement Fund. No money will be returned to Caterpillar.

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  8. HOW CAN I RECEIVE MONETARY COMPENSATION?

    The deadline to file a Claim Form has passed.

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  9. WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY MONETARY COMPENSATION AND WHY DID THE DATE CHANGE?

    Some of the Class Member records require further review and adjudication by a special master and at this time we cannot mail payments until all claims are finalized. We estimate that this will be finished towards the end of October/November 2017.

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  10. WHAT AM I GIVING UP TO STAY IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS AND GET MONETARY COMPENSATION?

    Unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you cannot sue or be part of any other lawsuit against Caterpillar about the issues in this case, including any existing litigation, arbitration, or proceeding. Unless you exclude yourself, all of the decisions and judgments by the Court will bind you. If you file a Claim Form for benefits or do nothing at all, you will be releasing Caterpillar from all of the claims described and identified in Section 12 of the Settlement Agreement.

    The Settlement Agreement is available here. The Settlement Agreement provides more detail regarding the release and describes the released claims with specific descriptions in necessary, accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully.

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  11. HOW DO I EXCLUDE MYSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT?

    The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement has passed.

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  12. IF I DO NOT EXCLUDE MYSELF, CAN I SUE THE DEFENDANT FOR THE SAME THING LATER?

    No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up any right you might have to sue Caterpillar for legal claims that the Settlement resolves. You must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class in order to try to maintain your own lawsuit. If you start your own lawsuit, you will have to hire your own lawyer, and you will have to prove your claims.

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  13. IF I EXCLUDE MYSELF, CAN I GET MONETARY COMPENSATION UNDER THE SETTLEMENT?

    No. You will not get a payment from the Settlement Fund if you exclude yourself from the Settlement.

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  14. DO I HAVE A LAWYER IN THIS CASE?

    The Court has appointed the following lawyers as “Lead Class Counsel” to represent all members of the Settlement Class: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC; Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah, LLP; Quantum Legal, LLC and Carella Byrne Cecchi Olstein Brody & Agnello, P.C. Other firms include Seeger Weiss, LLP, Kohn; Swift & Graf and Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman.

    You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by another lawyer, you may hire one to appear in Court for you at your own expense.

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  15. HOW WILL CLASS COUNSEL AND THE CLASS REPRESENTATIVE BE PAID?

    Class Counsel intend to request up to thirty-three and 1/3 percent (33⅓% ) of the value of the Settlement Fund for attorneys’ fees plus reimbursement of reasonable expenses. The Court will decide the amount of fees and expenses to award.

    Class Counsel also will request that Service Awards of $20,000 be paid from the Settlement Fund to each of the Class Representatives for their service as representatives on behalf of the whole Settlement Class.

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  16. HOW DO I TELL THE COURT I DO NOT LIKE THE SETTLEMENT?

    The deadline to tell the Court that you do not like the Settlement has passed.

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  17. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OBJECTING AND EXCLUDING MYSELF?

    Objecting is simply telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement. You can object to the Settlement only if you do not exclude yourself. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object to the Settlement because it no longer affects you.

    The Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement and any requests for fees and expenses (“Fairness Hearing”).

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  18. WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE COURT DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE THE SETTLEMENT?

    The Final Approval Order and Judgement was approved on September 20th 2016.

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  19. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOTHING AT ALL?

    If you are a Class member and do nothing, you will not get benefits from the Settlement. And, unless you exclude yourself, you will be bound by the judgment entered by the Court. This means you will not be able to start a lawsuit, continue with a lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit or proceeding against Caterpillar about the statements and claims at issue in this case.

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  20. ARE THERE MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SETTLEMENT?

    More details are in the Settlement Agreement. For a complete, definitive statement of the Settlement terms, refer to the Settlement Agreement. You may also write with questions to the Settlement Administrator at Caterpillar Engine Settlement Administrator, PO Box 4153, Portland, OR 97208-4153, or call the toll-free number, 1-888-593-5379.

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  21. WHY DID I RECEIVE A LETTER TELLING ME MY CLAIM IS INCOMPLETE?

    If you received a letter in the mail telling you that your claim was received incomplete, then the claim form we received for you was missing required information and/or documentation. Please follow the instructions on the letter.

    Any incomplete claim forms that are missing required information and/or documentation need to be cured before we can make your claim complete. Please carefully review a copy of the claim form available here to verify that you completed all the required and/or supporting documentation.

    If you selected Option 1, you needed to fill out section B and D.

    If you selected Option 2, you needed to fill out sections B, C, and D.

    Your response must be submitted by letter postmarked no later than the response deadline listed at the top of the letter and should be mailed to the return address listed below. Please include a copy of the letter with your response.

    Caterpillar Engine Settlement Administrator
    PO Box 4153
    Portland, OR 97208-4153

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  22. WHY DID I RECEIVE A LETTER SAYING MY CLAIM WAS DENIED?

    If you received a notice that your claim denied it is for one of the following reasons:

    • The serial number(s) included on your claim form do not qualify as “subject engines” and are not covered under the terms of this Settlement. Subject engines can be identified by their serial numbers beginning with SDP or LEE;
    • The engine(s) included in your claim form were manufactured in a year not included in this Settlement. The relevant manufactured years for engines included in this Settlement are 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009; or
    • We did not receive a response to a request for additional information, some required portions of the claim form were incomplete, or we did not receive sufficient documentation to support your claim.
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  23. CAN I DISPUTE THE DENIAL OF MY CLAIM?

    All claims were processed in accordance with the terms of the Settlement Agreement. Unfortunately, once a claim has been denied the denial cannot be disputed.

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  24. WHY DID I RECEIVE A LETTER SAYING SOMEONE ELSE CLAIMED THE SAME ENGINE(S) AS ME?

    If you received a letter titled ‘Notice of Overlapping Claimed Dates of Ownership’ it is because another claimant submitted a claim listing one or more of the same Engine Serial Number(s) that appear on your claim. This is most likely someone who owned the engine(s) before or after you did. We are requesting that you confirm the dates that you owned the engine(s) listed in the letter either by entering corrected dates for the period that you owned the engine(s) or by providing documentation that confirms the dates you previously listed in your claim.

    Your response must be submitted by letter postmarked no later than the response deadline listed at the top of the letter and should be mailed to the return address listed below. Please include a copy of the letter with your response.

    Caterpillar Engine Settlement Administrator
    PO Box 4153
    Portland, OR 97208-4153

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Important Dates

  • Manufactured Years
    2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009
  • August 6, 2016
    Deadline to Exclude Yourself from the Settlement
  • August 21, 2016
    Deadline to Object to the Settlement
  • September 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
    Fairness Hearing
  • March 20, 2017
    Online Claim Filing Deadline
  • March 20, 2017
    Postmarked Deadline for Claim Filing Deadline