Eligible Class Members for Automotive Parts Indirect Antitrust Settlements
Generally, you may be included in one or more Settlements if, at any time from 1998 to 2015, you: (1) bought or leased a new motor vehicle in the U.S. (not for resale), or (2) paid to replace one or more of the new motor vehicle parts listed in below (not for resale). New motor vehicles include, but are not limited to, automobiles, cars, light trucks, pickup trucks, crossovers, vans, mini-vans, and sport utility vehicles.
Purchases must have been made in in the District of Columbia or one of the following States: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Eligible New Motor Vehicle Parts for Automotive Parts Indirect Antitrust Settlements:
The Settlements involve the following motor vehicle component parts:
- Air Flow Meters are used to measure the volume of air flowing into motor vehicle engines.
- Alternators are electromechanical devices that generate an electric current while motor vehicle engines are in operation.
- ATF Warmers are automatic transmission fluid warmer or cooler devices located in the engine compartment of a vehicle that moderate the temperature of the automatic transmission fluid.
- Automotive Wire Harness Systems are the electrical distribution systems used to direct and control electronic components, wiring, and circuit boards in motor vehicles. Automotive Wire Harness Systems include the following parts: automotive wire harnesses, automotive electrical wiring, lead wire assemblies, cable bond, automotive wiring connectors, automotive wiring terminals, electronic control units, fuse boxes, relay boxes, junction blocks, power distributors, high voltage wiring, and speed sensor wire assemblies.
- Electronic Throttle Bodies control the amount of air flowing into a motor vehicle’s engine.
- Fuel Injection Systems admit fuel or a fuel/air mixture into motor vehicle engine cylinders.
- Fuel Injection Systems can also be sold as part of a broader system, such as an engine management system, or as separate components. Fuel Injection Systems include one or more of the following parts: injectors; high pressure pumps; rail assemblies; feed lines; engine electronic control units; fuel pumps and fuel pump modules; manifold absolute pressure sensors; and pressure regulators, pulsation dampers, and purge control valves.
- Fuel Senders are devices located inside the fuel tank of motor vehicles that measure the amount of fuel in the tank.
- Heater Control Panels (“HCPs”) are either mechanical or electrical devices that control the temperature of the interior environment of a vehicle. HCPs can be either manual (referred to as low-grade) or automatic (referred to as high-grade) and are located in the center console, back seat, or rear cabin of an automobile.
- High Intensity Discharge (“HID”) Ballasts are electrical devices that limit the amount of electrical current flowing to an HID headlamp.
- Ignition Coils release electric energy to ignite the fuel/air mixture in cylinders.
- Instrument Panel Clusters are the mounted instruments and gauges housed in front of the driver of a motor vehicle. Instrument Panel Clusters are also known as meters.
- Inverters convert direct current electricity to alternating current electricity.
- Motor Generators are electric motors used to power electric drive systems that can also capture and regenerate energy.
- Occupant Safety Restraint Systems are comprised of the parts in an automotive vehicle that protect drivers and passengers from bodily harm. Occupant Safety Restraint Systems include one or more of the following: seat belts, air bags, steering wheels or steering systems, and safety electronic systems.
- Radiators are heat exchangers or other devices that help prevent automotive vehicle engines from overheating or otherwise regulate the temperature of the engine compartment of a vehicle and the fluids passing through it, including all devices physically attached to and sold as part of a radiator (as more fully described in the applicable Settlement Agreement).
- Starters are small electronic motors used in starting internal combustion engines.
- Steering Angle Sensors detect the angle of the vehicle’s direction and send signals to a vehicle computer, which in turn controls the vehicle stability during turns. Steering Angle Sensors are installed on the steering column of a vehicle and may be connected to part of a combination switch.
- Switches include one or more of the following: steering wheel switch (installed in the steering wheel), used to control functions within the vehicle; turn switch (installed behind the steering wheel), used to signal a left or right turn and control hi/lo beam selection; wiper switch (installed behind the steering wheel), used to activate the vehicle’s windshield wipers; combination switch, a combination of the turn and wiper switches as one unit, sold together as a pair; and door courtesy switch (installed in the door frame), which activates the light inside the vehicle when the door opens.
- Valve Timing Control Devices (also called Variable Timing Devices and/or Variable Timing Control Devices), control the timing of engine valve operation and include the Variable Timing Control actuator or solenoid valve. Some valve timing control devices may also contain an oil control valve.
Automotive Parts Indirect Antitrust Class Action Settlements Case History:
Separate lawsuits claiming that Defendants in each lawsuit entered into unlawful agreements that artificially raised the prices of certain motor vehicle component parts have been settled with 11 defendants and their affiliates (“Settling Defendants”).
The lawsuits claim that the Defendants in each lawsuit agreed to unlawfully raise the price of certain motor vehicle component parts. As a result, businesses and consumers who purchased or leased new motor vehicles (not for resale) containing those parts or who indirectly purchased replacement parts (not for resale) from the Defendants may have paid more than they should have. Although the Settling Defendants have agreed to settle, the Settling Defendants do not agree that they engaged in any wrongdoing or are liable and owe any money or benefits to Plaintiffs. The Court has not yet decided who is right.
The Settlements also include provisions requiring Settling Defendants’ cooperation in the ongoing litigation’s. Certain Settling Defendants have also agreed not to engage in the specified conduct that is the subject of the lawsuits for a period of two years from the date of entry of the final judgment.
Defendants in the Automotive Parts Indirect Antitrust Class Action Settlements:
The Settling Defendants are:
- Autoliv, Inc.; Autoliv ASP, Inc.; Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG; Autoliv Safety Technology, Inc.; and Autoliv Japan Ltd. (collectively, “Autoliv”),
- Fujikura, Ltd. and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (together, “Fujikura”),
- Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.(“HIAMS”),
- Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“KL Sales”),
- Lear Corporation (“Lear”),
- Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.; N.S. International, Ltd.; and New Sabina Industries, Inc. (collectively, “Nippon Seiki”),
- Panasonic Corporation and Panasonic Corporation of North America (together, “Panasonic”),
- Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.; Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.; Sumitomo Electric
- Wiring Systems, Inc. (incorporating K&S Wiring Systems, Inc.); and Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.) Inc. (collectively, “Sumitomo”),
- RAD Co., Ltd. and T.RAD North America, Inc. (together, “T.RAD”),
- TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH and TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation (now known as “ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.”) (together, “TRW”), and
- Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Incorporated (together, “Yazaki”).
There are over 200 Non-Settling Defendants. They are linked here for your reference.
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