Auto Parts Antitrust Litigation

On March 21, 2012, Tycko & Zavareei filed a class action lawsuit against the largest suppliers of automotive wire harness systems alleging they had engaged in a massive, decade-long conspiracy to unlawfully fix and artificially raise the prices of wire harnesses. Automotive wire harness systems are automotive electrical distribution systems used to direct and control electronic components, wiring, and circuit boards in an automotive vehicle. By fixing and artificially raising the prices of the integral wire harness systems, the defendants’ successfully targeted the long-struggling United States automotive industry, raising prices for car manufacturers and consumers alike.

This multi-district litigation arises from a Justice Department investigation into allegations of pervasive bid rigging and price fixing in the auto parts industry. The Justice Department’s investigations have led to multiple guilty pleas and the assessment of tens of millions of dollars in fines and jail sentences for responsible individuals.

Although the case was originally limited to price fixing and bid rigging of wire harnesses, it has expanded dramatically to include numerous other automotive parts, such as heater control panels, instrument panel clusters, and fuel senders.

On April 5, 2012, Tycko & Zavareei’s lawsuit was consolidated with other related cases filed against wire harness suppliers, and at this time is ongoing.