British engineering group Dyson has won a legal battle in European courts over its energy labelling laws.
Dyson claimed that the tests favoured rivals’ models and failed to reflect actual conditions of use.
In its ruling published on Thursday, the EU’s General Court said it would uphold Dyson’s claim and that “tests of a vacuum cleaner’s energy efficiency carried out with an empty receptacle do not reflect conditions as close as possible to actual conditions of use”.
After pursuing legal action over the issue since 2015, Dyson has called the favourable ruling “a win for consumers”.
“In these days of Dieselgate, it is essential consumers can trust what manufacturers say about their products. But the commission endorsed a measure that allowed Dyson competitors to game the system,” the Dyson spokesperson added.