Mercedes-Benz Dodges a Big Bullet
The judge presiding the class action lawsuit in New Jersey this tuesday has dismissed the case that Mercedes had misled their customers about their Bluetec Clean Diesel after more recent studies have found the levels of greenhouse gases coming off the exhaust.
The case was dismissed due to the plaintiffs not being able to provide evidence of such advertisements in America that would mislead them on the level of emissions from the vehicle.
A U.S. judge in New Jersey on Tuesday threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes (DAIGn.DE) misled consumers about emissions standards in “BlueTec Clean Diesel” vehicles.
U.S. District Judge Jose Linares said the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring the case.
Plaintiffs claimed Mercedes falsely advertised the BlueTec vehicles as having lower emissions. They said that they later found that the emissions were higher than U.S. standards permitted.
The judge said the plaintiffs failed to show they actually viewed any of Mercedes’ advertisements touting the cleaner technology. He gave them leave to revise their complaint. Continue Reading