Freed Kanner London & Millen Named Interim Co-Lead Counsel for Billion-Dollar Automotive Filter Class-Action Suit

CHICAGO, Sep 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Chicago-area law firm Freed Kanner London & Millen has been appointed by U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Gettleman to be one of the interim co-lead class counsel representing direct purchaser plaintiffs in the class-action antitrust suit brought against Champion Laboratories Inc., Purolator Filters N.A. L.L.C., Honeywell International Inc., and other manufacturers of automobile filters.

"We are gratified to be recognized at this level and pleased that the courts have recognized the quality of our practice and leadership skills by choosing Freed Kanner London & Millen from among the many renowned plaintiffs' antitrust firms in the country, as interim class counsel in one of the most significant antitrust class actions to be brought this year," said Michael Freed, a founding partner of the firm, who specializes in complex litigation with an emphasis in antitrust and securities actions and who will head up the case.

The suit alleges that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize the price of automotive filters, including air, transmission, fuel and oil filters, over a more than 8 year period. The plaintiffs charge that the defendants attended meetings and otherwise exchanged information regarding the pricing and sale of filters; sold filters to customers at collusive and non-competitive prices; agreed to sell filters at specified, pre-arranged prices; agreed not to compete for each other's customers; accepted payment at non-competitive prices; gave actual and/or apparent authority to employees' participation in furtherance of the wrongful conduct and fraudulently concealed the wrongful conduct. As a result of the alleged wrongful conduct, the plaintiffs were injured by virtue of their paying more for filters than they would have paid in the absence of the alleged price fixing.

"Antitrust violations impact us all and given today's great financial uncertainty, it is especially important that corporate price-fixers be held accountable for their conduct," explained Freed who has been in practice for more than 40 years and has litigated class action cases for more than 30 years. "We intend to justify the confidence shown us by the court by obtaining significant financial recoveries on behalf of the many businesses, both large and small, that were victims of the alleged price fixing."

This case represents Freed Kanner London & Millen's second appointment as interim co-lead counsel in recent months, a high honor for any law firm. Freed Kanner London & Millen was recently appointed interim class counsel in the Flat Glass (II) Litigation currently pending in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Recently ranked as one of "Chicago's Top Law Firms" by Chambers and Partners and described as a "sparkling new firm" that "in terms of up there with the best." by the publication, the firm which was formed in January 2007, has established itself immediately as a prominent figure in national practice, serving as co-lead counsel in some of the largest antitrust class action cases and maintaining a broad national reputation as a leader in the antitrust field and class action litigation.

Freed Kanner London & Millen attorneys have led some of the largest class action antitrust cases in U.S. history, recovering more than two billion dollars for the class members they have represented. They are frequently appointed by the courts as lead or co-lead counsel in antitrust and other class action cases in recognition of their ability to effectively litigate complex matters and obtain substantial judgments and settlements.

About Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC

Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC is the Midwest's preeminent antitrust, class action law firm. The firm is nationally and internationally recognized for its ability to lead the prosecution of major class action antitrust cases, which have resulted in substantial judgments and settlements for clients ranging from multinational corporations and small entrepreneurs to individuals. Freed Kanner London & Millen is a founding member of the Global Legal Alliance, a network of international lawyers and law firms working together to achieve justice for those harmed by corporate practices that cross national boundaries.

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