Volkswagen’s troubles mounted this week as the U.S. government sued the company, accusing the auto maker of false advertising in connection with its claims that its diesel vehicles are environmentally friendly.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Trade Commission filed the complaint Tuesday. “The FTC said in October that it was investigating Volkswagen’s advertising practices, weeks after the company admitted it installed some 600,000 U.S. vehicles with software meant to trick emissions tests,” the story reports.
The WSJ report adds: “The false-advertising complaint was filed in federal court in San Francisco, where civil litigation against Volkswagen has been consolidated. As part of the consolidated litigation, the FTC would be allowed to be part of any global settlement Volkswagen reaches in that court. The FTC does not have the authority to impose fines.”