The US Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint accusing the automaker of falsely advertising the over-polluting cars as environmentally friendly.
Volkswagen has to cope now with yet another legal battle over its emissions manipulation scheme, as the US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit this week, accusing the Europe’s biggest automaker of falsely advertising its diesel cars as environmentally friendly, when they actually emitted up to 40 times the legally allowable pollution levels in real world driving. The FTC said that US consumers suffered “billions of dollars in injury” as a result of the manipulation.
These suits are piling up for Volkswagen, as the company is facing more than 500 civil complains in the United States related to the emissions scandal. The company has also been called in a federal court in January by the Justice Department, who asks up to 46 billion dollars in fines for violating environmental laws. The state of Kentucky has recently joined the list of the US local governments – along with Texas, West Virginia, Harris County and New Mexico – which are suing the German Group over its diesel trick.
Last week, a federal judge set an April 21 deadline for VW to reach to an agreement with the US Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board on how to fix nearly 600,000 affected cars.