Federal Trade Commission Sues Volkswagen for False Advertising over “Clean Diesel” Campaign

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Federal Trade Commission Sues Volkswagen for False Advertising over “Clean Diesel” Campaign

WASHINGTON - Today, the Federal Trade Commission filed to sue Volkswagen for fraudulent advertising as a result of the diesel engine emissions scandal that came to light six months ago.

The commission is seeking "permanent injunctive relief, rescission, restitution, the refund of monies paid, disgorgement of ill-gotten monies, and other equitable relief," according to the lawsuit, after "consumers suffered billions of dollars in injury."

In response, Sierra Club California Director Kathryn Phillips released the following statement:

"With their fake ‘clean diesel’ campaign, Volkswagen not only put profits before the health of our families and our planet, but through deceitful marketing, ripped off mindful consumers who thought they were purchasing cleaner vehicles. Greenwashing is never okay, but when it puts the health and safety of our families at risk, there must be consequences. The Federal Trade Commission is right for filing this lawsuit."

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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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