Auto Lighting Consumers Get Class Cert. In Antitrust MDL

Law360, Los Angeles (July 25, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday certified a class of direct purchasers of aftermarket automotive lighting products in multidistrict litigation accusing the products' manufacturers of colluding to fix prices.

After a two-hour hearing that included the dueling testimony of experts from both sides, U.S. District Judge George H. Wu rejected the defense’s contention that a statistical analysis offered by the plaintiffs to show antitrust impact considered less than a third of the 5,500 products encompassed in the litigation and therefore did not support certification of a...
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