An interesting defence:
The claim dates back to 2014 and the introduction the following year of EU directives covering labels meant to show the energy efficiency of vacuum cleaners.
Dyson argued that its bagless designs were more efficient than traditional models, which lose suction and become less effective as their bags fill up.
This means they have to use more power to maintain the same levels of suction.
Because they have no bags, Sir James argued his “cyclonic” devices do not suffer from this problem.
He also said the testing regime was a sham that benefitted traditional vacuum makers, because it only sampled vacuums when they were empty and failed to reflect real-life usage.
This meant vacuum cleaners with bags might attain the highest “A” grade when tested by the EU, even though they could fall to a “G” grade when used by consumers at home.
So, he wins. The tests were crap, instituted by twats. He pursues damages. The reason he’s not going to get damages?
However, the General Court of the EU has rejected their claim and ordered them to pay the Commission’s legal costs.
“The court concludes that the Commission demonstrated conduct that could be expected from an administrative authority exercising ordinary care and diligence and, consequently, that the Commission did not manifestly and gravely disregard the limits on its discretion,” the court said.
Government are fucking twats so government being fucking twats isn’t a reason for damages.