German Automakers’ Cartel

In Re. German Automotive Manufacturers Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Case No. 17-md-02796

Case Status

The German Cartel litigation is being litigated before Judge Charles R. Breyer in the Northern District of California.

Case Update: Automaker Cartel Cases Consolidated – Sent to ND California

Recently, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation reviewed all of the Cartel cases filed in courts all across the country to decide whether they should be consolidated and sent to a single federal court. We are happy to report that not only did the JPML agree that these cases should be consolidated, but it also decided to send the cases – now referred to as an MDL (Multi District Litigation) – to the Northern District of California. The case will now be heard by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, who is currently also overseeing the Volkswagen TDI “Clean Diesel” Emissions case.

You can read a copy of that order here, and follow KR on social media and this website to learn more about the case as it progresses.

Case Overview

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed a class action lawsuit July 28, 2017 in the United States District Court for Northern District of California against five German automakers (BMW, Daimler/Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche).

In the wake of reports that backroom dealings between these automakers allegedly included collusion in “the development of cars, costs, suppliers and markets,” the complaint alleges that defendants met secretly to avoid competing with each other as to certain aspects of their vehicles, resulting in slower innovation and other damage to consumers.

These schemes enriched the automakers and deceived consumers and government regulators, the complaint alleges. Keller Rohrback seeks to represent a nationwide class of persons who purchased or leased a Class Vehicle manufactured by BMW, Daimler/Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche in the United States.

If you or a family member owns or leases any of the vehicles manufactured and sold or leased in the United States by a Defendant, or if you are concerned that your vehicle may be affected and have questions, please call attorneys Gretchen Freeman Cappio or Ryan McDevitt at 866.560.4043 or email to discuss our lawsuit and your potential legal claims.

Case Documents

Complaint – 07/28/2017

Blevins Complaint – 08/25/2017

Transfer Order – 10/4/2017

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