Auto Auction System Is Anti-Competitive, Suit Says

Law360, New York (July 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In an effort to gain access to an industry-standard inventory management system for vehicle auctioneers, online auto parts reseller Copart Inc. has sued Auto Auction Services Corp. for violating federal and state antitrust statutes.

The suit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that Auto Auction Services has effectively barred Copart from entering the “whole car” auction market by setting a prohibitively high price for Copart to access AutoIMS, the inventory management platform.

Auto Auction Services has restrained competition...
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