German Car Cos. Say EU Probe Zaps Buyers' Antitrust MDL

Law360 (January 28, 2019, 5:08 PM EST) -- German auto giants told a California federal judge Friday that buyers in multidistrict litigation alleging the companies participated in a decadeslong "whole car" conspiracy cannot build a sweeping antitrust case on a European Commission investigation that is narrowly focused on emissions technology, insisting their claims should be dismissed.

Audi AG, BMW AG, Volkswagen AG, Porsche AG and Daimler AG filed a joint supplemental brief saying the limited scope of a European Commission investigation into the companies' business practices undermines claims from dealerships and consumers that the automakers colluded for decades on car technology, costs, suppliers and emissions equipment in a purported...

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