A consolidated amended complaint was filed on June 20, 2014 in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, alleging manufacturers of Windshield Washer Systems engaged in conduct that violates Federal antitrust laws. The litigation is part of a multidistrict lawsuit against Automotive Part manufacturers who conspired to suppress price competition, depriving direct purchasers of Windshield Washers the benefits of a competitive market and setting product prices at artificially high levels.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) install Windshield Washers into new vehicles and also replace worn out, defective or damaged Washers. When determining which Washers to purchase, the manufacturers issue Requests for Quotation (RFQs) to automotive parts suppliers. The complaint alleges that in this single price-fixing scheme, the Defendants rigged bids they made in response to RFQ’s. Additionally, according to the complaint, on September 26, 2013, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Mitsuba Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $135 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of Windshield Washers installed in automobiles sold in the United States and elsewhere. This admission supports the claim that consumers were denied a competitive market for commerce.
The class members in this litigation include all individuals and entities that purchased Windshield Washers in the United States directly from one or more Defendants from January 1, 2000 through the present.
M. John Dominguez of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC serves as additional counsel for the Plaintiffs in this action. Fink + Associates Law serves as Interim Liaison Counsel. Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C., Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC, Preti Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios LLP and Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis, P.C., serve as Interim Lead Counsel.