Automotive Wire Harness Systems Antitrust Litigation

Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC filed a class action complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan against the following manufacturers of wire harnesses and related products ("Wire Harness Systems Products"): Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC; Denso Corporation; Denso International America, Inc.; Asmo Co., Ltd.; Fujikura Ltd.; Fujikura America, Inc.; Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.; American Furukawa Inc.; Furukawa Wiring Systems America, Inc.; Furukawa Lear Corporation; Lear Corporation; Leoni AG; Leoni Kabel GmbH; Leoni Wire, Inc.; Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.; Sumitomo Electric Wintec America, Inc.; S-Y Systems Technologies GmbH; S-Y Systems Technologies America, LLC; Tokai Rika Co., Ltd.; TRAM, Inc.; Yazaki Corporation; and Yazaki North America, Inc.

Freed Kanner London & Millen filed the complaint on behalf of individuals and entities that purchased Wire Harness Systems Products DIRECTLY from any of the above manufacturers of wire harnesses and related products from January 1, 2000 to January 31, 2010.

"Wire Harness Systems Products" includes the following products: wire harnesses, electrical wiring, lead wire assemblies, cable bond, wiring connectors, wiring terminals, electronic control units, fuse boxes, relay boxes, junction blocks, and power distributors.

The complaint alleges that the Defendants illegally conspired, combined or contracted for the purpose and with the effect of fixing, raising, maintaining, and stabilizing the price of Wire Harness Systems Products at artificially inflated levels.

In late 2011, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and three of its executives pleaded guilty for their involvement in a criminal price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy in connection with the sale of automotive parts. Furukawa Electric agreed to pay a $200 million fine while three employees agreed to serve prison sentences ranging from a year and a day to eighteen months.

In January 2012, Yazaki Corporation and four of its executives agreed to plead guilty for their involvement in a criminal price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy in connection with the sale of automotive parts. Yazaki agreed to pay a $470 million fine while four employees agreed to serve prison sentences ranging from fifteen months to two years.

If you directly purchased any Wire Harness Systems Products from any of the above manufacturers of wire harnesses and related products, then you may be entitled to seek the recovery of any illegal overcharge that you paid.

Click here for a copy of Freed Kanner London & Millen's Wire Harness Systems Products complaint.

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