Class Eligibility

You are a member of this class if you are a person or entity in the United States who are original purchasers or 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.”

Under the terms of the proposed Caterpillar class action settlement, a Subject Engine is defined as all EPA 2007 Compliant Caterpillar On Highway C13 and C15 engines manufactured in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, including the Caterpillar Regeneration System components of the engine.

Estimated Amount

Up to $10,000

Caterpillar has agreed to pay $60 million to settle the engine defect class action lawsuit. Class Members who submit valid and timely Claim Forms will be eligible to receive a pro rata share of the settlement fund as follows:

  • Class Members who experienced no CRS-related repairs may be eligible to receive a payment of $500 for each Subject Engine.
  • Class Members who experienced one to five qualified CRS-related repairs may be eligible to receive a payment of $5,000 per Subject Engine.
  • Class Members who experienced six or more qualified CRS-related repairs may be eligible to receive a payment of $10,000 per Subject Engine.


Class Members who experienced at least one CRS-related repair may instead elect to claim losses of up to $15,000. Class Members who select this option must submit proof of payment such as receipts or invoices, and they may seek payment for losses from towing charges, rental charges, hotel charges and other losses incurred as a consequence of qualified CRS-related repairs.


Proof of Purchase


Case Name

In re: Caterpillar Inc. C13 and C15 Engine Products Liability Litigation,
Case No. 1:14-cv-03722-JBS-JS
District Court for the District of New Jersey

Case Summary

This settlement is aimed at resolving allegations that some engines failed catastrophically

The plaintiffs claim that the CAT Regeneration System failed to operate even after the equipment was subject to numerous warranty repairs and replacements.

CAT denies all allegations but will settle to avoid further expenses

Settlement Pool





Caterpillar Engine Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 4153
Portland, OR 97208-4153

60 responses to “Caterpillar Diesel Engine Class Action Settlement”

  1. Karen Rochelle says:

    Diesel Engine settlement

    • David slaughter says:

      We recieved our settlement then they put a stop payment on the check this is ridiculous

      ADMIN – Hi David,

      That is super frustrating. Have you reached out to the class action administrator?

      • David slaughter says:

        Yes they put a stop payment on all checks

      • Greg Alligood says:

        Received check. Deposited before they stopped payment. Check cleared. Now got a letter saying they paid everyone too much. Too many complainents. Now they want me to send them the money back. Told them on phone to let me know the differeence in what i received and what i should have received . NO,they want it all back. Probably gonna ontact an attorney before doing anything else. Reall poor administrators handling this.

        ADMIN – Hi Greg,

        Keep us updated on this.

        • Brett J Beigert says:

          They did the same to me, I ran to the bank and deposited it and somehow they pulled the funds after it seemed to clear. I called the fund admin and spoke my opinion to any empty handset it seems. There is no recourse or help. On the check I received it says this payment is final. So there’s a double standard for them. I’m sure out of that $60,000,000 the attorneys did very well as opposed to the businesses who actually bought, owned and suffered with one of these. This is a slush fund it seems. I’m not cashing my check when it comes due to a possible other suit!

  2. john says:

    Does anyone know when payouts are expected? I can’t find any info on estimated dates anywhere. Thanks in advance!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Any updates? Contacted counsel weeks ago no response!

    ADMIN- Hi Stephanie,

    I don’t have any new info.

  4. Titus Brown says:

    My name is TITUS BROWN and i perches 2011 T660 ken worth Truck i was told that it was,nt a 2010 and after i got it and started buying parts for it i found out that it was a 2010 and ever sense i bought the Truck it has been a nightmare i would like to speak with some one about the Law suit phone number 713-865-3696

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Brown,

    The deadline for this settlement has passed and you no longer have legal recourse.

  5. WILLIAM M Brown says:

    What is the status on payments

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    I have not received updates on this settlement but you are welcome to contact the class action administrator

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

    • Joshua T Webley says:

      Don’t do any good to contact the administrator, they don’t give you any information. Almost seems like maybe they need to be investigated and have a class action against them.

      ADMIN – Hi Joshua,

      The next level to contact is class counsel. Their contact info can be found in the official FAQ

  6. Joshua T Webley says:

    I’m starting to wonder if anyone is going to receive monetary compensation from this class action? Started off with putting dates on there that a special review would be complete October 2017 to November 2017. Still no payments sent out. Now December 2017, and January 2018 has passed. Now on the settlement website says the special review won’t be complete until end of February 2018 to March 2018. How hard can this be to get done?

    ADMIN – Hi Joshua,

    On occasion settlements can be delayed for years due to appeals.

  7. Donna says:

    Has anyone received any compensation yet?

  8. Ruby says:

    How many people is in this lawsuit . I think they are going to lowball all owner operators and the rest is going into the lawyers pockets. We should know how many people are in this lawsuit this should not be confidential.

    ADMIN – Hi Ruby,

    I don’t think they have disclosed the total number of valid claims.

    • Ruby says:

      You tell me they dont know how many people has valid claims sure they know they are not saying. Because they know there is going to be a lot of upset people because the attorneys has to take their compensation off the top. It does no good to contact the administrator they have no answers. Joshua you may be right about administrator being investigated and having a class action lawsuit against them

      ADMIN – Hi Ruby,

      They don’t. Claims must be validated and verified for fraud. Eventually they will but until they have reviewed every single submission the number remains a mystery. They do know the number of potential affected class members.

  9. Joshua T Webley says:

    I wonder if it is possible Ruby to have a class action against the administrator. Like I said previously how hard can this be? Here it is middle of March and still no compensation sent out. I’m guessing the rest of this month will pass, two more months will go by then they will update the site and say they need two more months. I do believe if your not a big corporation, us owner operators that only owned one or two of these trucks with the junk motors are going to get screwed.

    ADMIN – Hi Joshua,

    I hear that question often. Generally, the administrator is in a hurry to get stuff done as they get paid a flat fee. Delays happen at other levels such as defendants, class counsel and the courts.

  10. Dee says:

    There has to be a way to contact the administrator directly. That 1888# is just a company answering service scripted to repeat what’s on the website. The administrator has not been truthful about the dates. They need to set a realistic time frame instead of stringing us along like this. This is very frustrating, This was my first truck and I lost everything.My athourty my business and much more. The least they could do is pay us and show us some respect by being honest about the expected pay dates.

    ADMIN – Hi Dee,

    This is the company handling the claim. Try to reach out to them directly

  11. Joshua T Webley says:

    LOL I personally emailed that company and get the same response that’s on the administrator website. No info just a bunch of BS. I bet the attorneys and the class council and administrator has there money already.

    ADMIN – Hi Joshua,

    The administrators get paid at the end of distribution.

  12. Dee says:

    Thanks for that info. I went straight to the source. I called one of the attorneys that was on the case. She said there was a dispute about the pay out with the larger trucking companies about having multiple trucks. And last she knew the checks should be going out in two weeks.The firm that handled the case is called Cohen Milstein. They seem to be a respectable firm and this is kinda of small to some of the other class actions that they have handled. Its all on the website. I’d say give them a few weeks to make good. If no payouts are received we should blow up the attorneys phone line. I can almost bet that will get results. Most attorneys take their time very seriously and they won’t stand for a ton of trucking companies calling about a case that they are done with. Well hope that helps. If anyone does get a check please post as I will do the same.

    • Joshua T Webley says:

      Dee I’m hoping the info you got is good news for all of us. Just still thinking that with all the claims the small guy won’t receive much of anything, guess I’ll keep my fingers crossed and see what happens. Enough for a vacation would be nice. Lol

  13. Gwen Bachman says:

    Received our settlement check today. The amount was reduced by over 48%. We received a little over $4500. B.S. Between the lawyers and administrators there was nothing left for those of us who lost so much.

  14. Joshua T Webley says:

    Well here it is April, haven’t received anything yet. No update on the admin website. Who wants to place a bet we go another 2 to 4 months?

    ADMIN – Hi Joshua,

    I would reach out to the admin directly.

  15. Joshua T Webley says:

    Gwen which part did you file for? And how many trucks did you claim? That way I can know how much I’m getting hosed for.

    • Gwen Bachman says:

      We only claimed one truck with 12 incidents. Was expecting more. The letter attached didn’t give any reason for the reduction

      • Joshua T Webley says:

        I’m assuming that would have put you in the 10,000 category. So they took over half. Another crappy thing is they will probably send out 1099s on the money and we will have to pay taxes on it.

  16. Dee says:

    I got mine too today.Check right at 4500. Same thing I had about 7 breakdowns one truck. I paid more than 16,000 out of pocket And that’s not counting lost opportunity cost. And I had to close my doors because that was my first truck. It ate all my working capital while putting me out of work at the same time. Its not right. But I’m not going waste a lot of time crying about it. I’m going to put the money in my new real estate business. Best of luck to all my owner operator brothers. I will keep my eyes on this website to see how everyone one else has be treated. Thanks for all the info.

  17. Joshua T Webley says:

    Got my settlement today 509.33 even though I filed for the 15,000. What a joke. That barely covered one of my tow bills. Thanks Caterpillar.

  18. Joshua T Webley says:

    I would like answers as to how I only received a little over 500.00 dollars for my claim when I had all the supporting documentation and filed for the 15,000. Tow bills, hotel stays, rental cars, all the emission repairs.

    ADMIN – Hi Joshua,

    Reach out to the class action administrator or class counsel.

  19. Joshua T Webley says:

    Recieved an email saying they sent me an incorrect amount and to not cash or deposit my check now. Anyone else receive a similar email?

  20. David slaughter says:

    They put a stop payment on all checks

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    That is terrible. Did they contact you with a notification or you found out when you tried to cash your check?

  21. Brian says:

    Did anyone get a call from them wanting part of the claim money back? Got ours today. Said had more claims than expected and needed some of the money back. Did not say how much, but someone else would be calling us with an amount. Sound like nonsense to me.

  22. Sandy Whitt says:

    We received a settle ment check of 45.8 percent last week and I got a call from my local bank today stating the check bounced. They took the money back. I call the 800 number finally got a hold of someone and they stated that the number of claims were wrong they were going to refigure and send out new checks. Bologna something sounds fishy here. If we owed them money wouldn’t you just get back the amount that was owed and not be a bounced check. What can be done about this.

    ADMIN – Hi Sandy,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  23. Donna says:

    I received my settlement check for $4579.41 last week. Mine also stated it was being reduced by 48%. I went to the bank today and they put a stop payment on my settlement check. I called the administration and they told me that they had placed a stop payment due to it being the wrong amount? WTH! They said it will be another 2 weeks before they sort it out. Anyone else experience this?

    ADMIN – Hi Donna,

    Many people experienced the same problem.

    • Brenda says:

      Put our check in the back April 6th went our of town until yesterday. Got a letter from them not to csh the check. Got a letter from the bank they deducted the check amount and them charged me a $12.00 fee for returned check.. I am going to try to contact them on Monday. I think a lawyer or maybe I should try to stop payment on all of the checks i wrote to Cat.for repairs over and over.

      ADMIN – Hi Brenda,

      You are not the only one. I have received numerous comments regarding this problem.

      • Brenda says:

        Who is going to pay the bank fee? I want my $12.00 back and the amount of the first check if not MORE

        ADMIN – Hi Brenda,

        I would hold the class action administrator accountable for that.

      • Brenda says:

        Its May and I still haven’t been paid the money their stop payment cost me. They just told me it should be soon. REALLY

        ADMIN – Hi Brenda,

        Reach out to class counsel.

        • Brenda says:

          I did contact the administrator-TWICE spoke to Gayle and Ruth-On May 16th they said they would send a check to cover the bank charges and a check for the settlement. WELL Its June 4th and I haven’t received anything.

  24. M. Flores says:

    Received check and it was returned to maker. Hit with fees from the bank. What a rip off.

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Flores,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  25. steve emerick says:

    i received a letter today saying not to deposit the check .. amount is wrong

  26. CG says:

    I got my check. Put it in the bank. Was called today saying not to deposit it that the amount was incorrect!! I said I already put it in the bank. They said I would get something in 2 weeks in the mail…. unreal.

  27. Francisco gonzalez says:

    Same here .i received that letter too.saying that they made a mistake and they put a stop on my check.i guess they over paid me .not happy with that bs.

  28. Dee says:

    I received a call the same thing. Check is no good what a joke.

    ADMIN – Hi Dee,

    Super frustrating.

  29. Joshua T Webley says:

    All I can hope for is that it works that I get back more than the first check that they sent.

  30. Joshua T Webley says:

    I think it was a stall tactic, just hopefully they don’t drag this out another couple of months. I think that anyone that filed a claim for the 500.00 per truck with no repair bills should not receive anything and it should go towards the larger award amounts. The ones that spent thousands of dollars should be taken care of, and even with the compensation we receive is still not even close to the amount we’ve spent in losses.

  31. Vanessa noon says:

    Same here. They took ours this morning.

  32. Vanessa noon says:

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we should do?


    We should open a new class action law suit for the interest for 1 year, 60,000,000. at 5% is another 3,000,000.

    • Jack says:

      Good idea!we should have another law suit action against them! This is bs! Ripoff’s!! I got charged $20 returned check fee from bank!

    • Brett J Beigert says:

      Cause you can guarantee this fund is making money we won’t see.

  34. Joshua T Webley says:

    It’s been two weeks anyone recieve new checks yet?

  35. Joshua T Webley says:

    Just read a new article, and was reading that it could be up to another 60 days before payments are sent out. The handling of this class action from epiq global is a complete joke. Also read that they had shorted claims by a million dollars, when they said they had to reduce payments by 45 percent.

    ADMIN – Hi Joshua,

    Thanks for sharing

    • Brett J Beigert says:

      From two weeks to 60 days. Huh. I smell another problem.

      ADMIN – Hi Brett,

      Please keep us updated if you hear more discrepant information.

  36. Guy says:

    Let me contact another attorney and see what he thinks of this whole ordeals.

    ADMIN – Hi Guy,

    Let us know what you find out.

  37. Joshua Webley says:

    Guy let me know what you find out, I’m definitely on board with you.

  38. Greg says:

    Maybe someone should contact the states attorney general in Oregon and maybe they can help us out?

  39. Dee says:

    I read through the documents posted on the settlements website. I’m am by far not an attorney. But my understanding is there was a mistake in the amount of claims. Due to the option to file claims online or by paper. Epiq is the administrator and CAC(Class Action Capital) Is another company involved in the administration process. But they seem to be pointing the finger at each other. And we’re now wating on a new calculation for the extra claims. In my opinion it shouldn’t take this long. The apology letters seem to be going to the Class Council and this judge Honorable Jerome B Simandle. State Court of Camden NJ.
    That tells me that Our best shot at getting results would be for us to reach out to this judge and class council expressing our concerns and frustration. Maybe if anyone in the group has a little experience in writing these types of letters. And willing to write one on our behalf and we all sign it or something. But this I think will add more pressure to where it counts most. I’m not sure of any other options that we may have. But willing to try anything at this point because this is wrong to the 3rd degree.

    ADMIN – Hi Dee,

    Hopefully you see some progress soon.

  40. Joshua Webley says:

    Supposedly checks get sent out on the 23rd.

  41. Hua says:

    We got our check.

  42. Lrod7088 says:

    Well first check was a joke. I guess they did not ripp us off enough Lol. Got second check and it was an amount that made me laugh. Wow!!! Those attorneys and that special Master really went to town on the people who actually suffered all the problems and cost these engines caused us. Dont know about all of you but something should be done about those Thieving attorneys and that Special Rat.Master. that was appointed to clean our bones clean. Time to start a class action against these scavengers in suits and ties.

    ADMIN – Hi L,

    How much did you get?

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