August 23, 2019- Direct purchasers of air conditioning systems have received preliminary approval of settlements with manufacturers Calsonic, DENSO, MAHLE Behr, and Panasonic totaling $14.17 Million. Kohn, Swift & Graf is one of the co-lead counsels for this direct purchaser class. The manufacturers allegedly conspired to raise, fix, maintain, and stabilize prices, rig bids, and allocate the supply of air conditioning systems sold in the United States, in violation of federal antitrust laws.
The settlements affect those who purchased air conditioning systems in the U.S. between January 1, 2001 and February 14, 2017 directly from any of the following entities:
Calsonic Kansei Corp., CalsonicKansei North America, Inc., DENSO Corporation, DENSO International America, Inc., MAHLE Behr Gmbh & Co. KG, MAHLE Behr USA Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Climate Control, Inc., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Panasonic Corp., Panasonic Corp. of North America, Sanden Automotive Climate Systems Corp., Sanden Automotive Components Corp., Sanden Corp., Sanden International (U.S.A.) Inc., Showa Aluminum Corp. of America, Showa Denko K.K., Valeo Climate Control Corp, Valeo Electrical Systems, Inc., Valeo Inc., Valeo Japan Co., Ltd., Valeo S.A., Behr GmbH, Keihin Corp., Nichirin Co., Ltd.
Potential class members were mailed a notice of proposed settlements on August 8, 2019 that explains the settlements, as well as the options available to class members, in greater detail. This notice and other important documents related to the settlements can be accessed online at www.AutoPartsAntitrustLitigation.com/AC, by calling 1-888-737-9549, or by writing to Air Conditioning Systems Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, P.O. Box 2530, Portland, OR 97208-2530. If you believe you are a member of the Calsonic, DENSO, MAHLE Behr, or Panasonic settlement classes, you are urged to obtain a copy of the notice.
A final approval hearing will be held in November to determine whether the Court approves the proposed settlements, distribution plans for class members, and fee and expense awards.
Questions can be answered and more information can be found at www.AutoPartsAntitrustLitigation.com/AC