March 29, 2016
Partner Christie Grymes Thompson was featured in the Law360 article “FTC's Suit Against VW Emissions Ads Faces Damages Hurdle.” The article covers the Federal Trade Commission's claim that consumers suffered "billions” of dollars in injuries because of Volkswagen's “clean diesel” advertisements. It also notes that attorneys are saying that the agency faces the subjective question of how much value drivers assigned to the cars' supposed environmental friendliness. "A court would look to see what element of the overall purchase price the consumer might have associated with the reported environmental benefits," said Ms. Thompson. "In this case, that conversation gets more complicated because the product had a wide range of performance characteristics, and as a car, it did get [the consumers] from point A to point B."
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