May 11, 2017
Sir James Dyson wins vacuum cleaners appeal at European Court
Sir James Dyson has won his appeal over a case that argues European suction tests favour his competitors' vacuum cleaners. Sir James is a high profile campaigner against EU membership. Sir James's appliances are bagless and are sold as cleaners that do not lose suction as they fill up with dust, as do those that use a bag. The European Court of Justice said rules on the efficiency of vacuum cleaners meant ratings should be based on how the devices were used in practice, not just in laboratories, and that the previous court hearing had not heard all the evidence supplied by Sir James at the time. The original court ruling in 2015 did accept that "The suction performance and energy efficiency of a vacuum cleaner with a dust-loaded receptacle will be reduced due to dust accumulation" but threw out the case because Sir James could not suggest a new test with which he was happy.
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