In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation

In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation

Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP (CSK&D), along with its co-counsel, filed this price fixing class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut against several leading automobile filter manufacturers, including Champion, Purolator, Honeywell, Wix Filtration Products, Cummins, Baldwin Filters, Bosch, Mann + Hummel, Arvinmeritor, and United Components (collectively, the “Defendants”). The complaint alleges that the Defendants conspired to fix, maintain, stabilize prices, rid bids and allocate customers for oil, air, fuel, and transmission filters in the aftermarket (i.e., the market for replacement filters) in the U.S. between January 1, 1999 and the date of the filing of the complaint (the “Class Period”).

In support of the conspiracy and price fixing allegations, the complaint cites to information provided by a former senior sales executive who was employed by two of the Defendants during the Class Period. According to this confidential informant, the complaint avers that the Defendants conspired at meetings at industry events and elsewhere to coordinate prices, time price increases, and allocate customers. It has recently been reported that the United States Department of Justice has commenced an investigation into allegations that several of the Defendants colluded to fix the prices of aftermarket filters.

A copy of the complaint is attached below.

If you have purchased, directly from any of the Defendants during the Class Period, an aftermarket oil, air, fuel, and/or transmission filter for use in an automobile, please contact the attorneys listed below.

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Attorneys for this case:

Benjamin F. Johns
Kimberly M. Donaldson
Timothy N. Mathews