On September 8, 2017, Edelson & Associates, LLC along with co-counsel filed a class action lawsuit against Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen, and related entities and co-conspirators, alleging that these German vehicle manufacturers engaged in anticompetitive conduct that violates both federal and state antitrust laws and consumer protection statutes. The class action was brought on behalf of purchasers of defendants' new model gasoline and diesel vehicles from January 1, 2000 to the present in the United States including without limitation coupes, sedans, convertibles, hatchbacks, wagons, SUV’s, crossovers, vans and trucks. The complaint alleges that Defendants regularly met to coordinate on costs, prices, suppliers, technical development and other competitive aspects regarding everything from brake controls and chassis to electronics and car assembly.
The European Commission (“EC”) Competition authorities in Brussels and Germany’s Federal Cartel Office have confirmed that they are investigating Defendants’ participation in anticompetitive activities. In fact, two of the three ultimate parent companies in the conspiracy - Volkswagen AG (which controls Audi AG and Porsche AG) and Daimler AG - have already (i) admitted to the EC Competition authorities and Germany’s Federal Cartel Office that they coordinated with co-defendants and/or other unnamed co-conspirators on competitive aspects of their businesses, and (ii) been cooperating with the EC Competition authorities in the hopes of obtaining amnesty or leniency for their anticompetitive misconduct.
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