Judge Tosses Antitrust Case Against Car Makers

Law360, New York (June 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal court judge has tossed a class action against General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler Corp. and other car companies in which lessees accused them of conspiring to block cheaper Canadian cars from reaching the American market.

Judge Brock Hornby of the U.S. District Court of Maine on Friday ruled that lessees could not pursue antitrust claims against auto makers because they do not qualify as direct purchasers, since they make their transactions with car dealers.

“Although a conspiring manufacturer may then 'reappear' as the party to...
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