The Dogpile on VW Grows with a Lawsuit from the FTC

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - April 6, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission is tasked with monitoring business practices and stepping in when they become counter the laws of the land. Today, the federal agency has announced that it will join in the public punishment of Volkswagen for its dieselgate scandal by filing a lawsuit against the company on behalf of all the people is deceived with its various “Clean Diesel” ads.

In a statement from the FTC, it is seeking compensation for the more than 550,000 customers who bought or leased a “Clean Diesel” VW between late 2008 and 2015. The FTC full complaint claims that the automaker fooled buyers with multiple deceptive ad campaigns during high-profile events that claimed these cars were better for the environment than standard gasoline cars. In reality, the FTC complaint states “they emit up to 4,000 percent more than the legal limit of NOx.”

The FTC didn’t release a certain amount of money it is seeking in this lawsuit, but my guess is that it’ll shoot high and go for the full sales amount of the affected cars. According to the complaint, there were more than 550,000 impacted cars, each costing an average of $28,000. This means that the damages the FTC initially seeks could be around $15.4 billion. Of course, the government agency would never get this kind of money for the deceptive advertising, but this goes to show that VW has a long and rough journey ahead of it.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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