Lawsuit on Automotive Filters.
A parts distributor has filed a substantial price-fixing
lawsuit alleging an illegal cartel among the world’s
major manufacturers of automotive oil, fuel, air
and transmission filters, spanning since at least
January 1, 1999.
The lawsuit alleges that a former sales executive
at two of the companies has turned informant and
has given recorded statements detailing meetings
and agreements between and among manufacturers,
to coordinate prices and allocate customers as
a means of maximizing profits and artificially
elevating the price of filters in the United States.
The companies named as defendants in the action
Champion Laboratories, Inc., Purolator Filters
N.A. LLC, Honeywell International, Wix Filtration
Products, Cummins Filtration Inc., The Donaldson
Company, Baldwin Filters, Inc., Bosch U.S.A.,
Mann + Hummel U.S.A., Inc., Arvinmeritor, Inc.
United Components, Inc., and The Carlyle Group.
Malkinson & Halpern, P.C. concentrates part
of its practice in representing businesses that
are the victims of price-fixing by their suppliers.
Please contact John
R. Malkinson if you have questions
or related information, and if your business purchased
automotive filters directly from any of the above
companies during the relevant period.
Damages/Rights: Direct purchasers from a price-fixing
co-conspirator are generally deemed damaged as
a matter of law, regardless of whether or not
they passed their pricing on to their own customers.
Under federal law, such purchasers are entitled
to a variety of relief, including triple damages
and attorneys fees. For a list of similar cases
the firm has participated in on a contingent fee
basis, click here.