In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, No. 12-md-02311 (E.D. Mich.)

Important information: There have been recent developments in this litigation (more details on the nature of the litigation are set forth below). Proposed settlements in the Wire Harness Litigation with the G.S. Electech and Tokai Rika Defendants were preliminarily approved by the Court on October 21, 2016. The Court has scheduled a hearing on January 25, 2017 to determine whether the proposed settlements should receive final approval. For details about these settlements, including important deadlines related to the settlements, and for updates on proceedings and developments in the litigation, click here.

Kohn Swift & Graf has been appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel for Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs in the Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, a coordinated legal proceeding comprised of cases involving different products that were used primarily in motor vehicles. Plaintiffs allege that defendants entered into a conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to fix, maintain, or stabilize prices, rig bids, and allocate the supply of these products, in violation of federal antitrust laws. Plaintiffs further allege that as a result of the conspiracy, they and other direct purchasers were injured by paying more for those products than they would have paid in the absence of the alleged illegal conduct, and they seek recovery of treble damages, together with reimbursement of costs and an award of attorneys’ fees. Thus far, actions have been commenced on behalf of direct purchasers of the following parts:

Wire Harnesses

Instrument Panel Clusters

Fuel Senders

Heater Control Panels

Bearings

Occupant Safety Systems

Alternators

Oxygen and Fuel Ratio Sensors

Windshield Wipers

Starters

Ignition Coils

Fuel Injection Systems

Power Window Motors

Air Conditioning Systems

Windshield Washer Systems

Spark Plugs

All cases are pending before Judge Marianne Battani in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. Kohn, Swift & Graf and its Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs have defeated numerous motions to dismiss filed by defendants in these cases, and discovery is currently underway. To date, Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs have reached settlements with several defendants in the Wire Harnesses, Instrument Panel Clusters, and Occupant Safety Systems cases totaling approximately $53 million. More information about these settlements can be found at www.autopartsantitrustlitigation.com

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Originally Posted: 11/30/2015