Judge Tosses Antitrust Claims In Emissions Suit

Law360, New York (September 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit brought by a group of auto manufacturers and retailers that challenges California’s efforts to curb vehicle emissions to proceed to trial, but dismissed its antitrust claims.

The plaintiffs—which include General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler Corporation—had argued that the law would ultimately lead to price-fixing because in some cases, companies which have a 10% or greater overlap in ownership but are not one economic unit would be required to jointly demonstrate compliance.

To control the aggregate emissions of the vehicles...
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