Volkswagen Gets Sued by the FTC for Its “Deceptive” Diesel Ads

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also jumped on the bandwagon of suing Volkswagen in connection to the Dieselgate scandal, filing a four-count complaint against the carmaker in a California federal court.
The Volkswagen Group is being accused of deceptively claiming that its diesel cars are clean, even though the NOx emissions scandal that has engulfed the company obviously proved otherwise.

According to the new lawsuit, the FTC is seeking “permanent injunctive relief, rescission, restitution, the refund of monies paid, disgorgement of ill-gotten monies, and other equitable relief.” The total amount of money is not specified, but the suit does say that “consumers suffered billions of dollars in injury.”

In total, no less than four civil charges were filed by the FTC: “deceptive failure to disclose, deceptive representations, unfairness and instrumentalities.”

The Volkswagen Group is already battling a criminal probe and is involved in a number of lawsuits relating to its rigging of over 500,000 cars in the U.S. with software that made said vehicles cheat official emission testing. Another 11 million or so VW vehicles around the world are currently affected by the Dieselgate scandal, with the carmaker setting less than $10 billion aside to cover the costs of repairing them.

Diesel Volkswagens, Audis, Skodas, Seats and Porsches built between 2009 and 2015 are emitting nitrogen oxides (NOx) at rates up to 40 times higher than emission standards in the United States.

Volkswagen has received the complaint and continues to cooperate with all relevant U.S. regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission,” Volkswagen said Tuesday in a statement, as quoted by USA Today. “Our most important priority is to find a solution to the diesel emissions matter and earn back the trust of our customers and dealers as we build a better company.”

The future is certainly not bright for the German car giant, especially since the FTC trial will be just one of dozens of others in the United States alone, not to mention all the other countries where Volkswagen has and is continuing to pollute with its so-called “clean diesels.”
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