Judge Sinks Class In Car Parts Antitrust Suit Against Insurers

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday quashed a putative class action accusing State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and other insurers of violating antitrust laws by conspiring to supply inferior repair parts, finding the testimony of the plaintiffs’ expert for evaluating car parts is unreliable.

U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled that since the proposed class failed to provide an admissible methodology for categorizing car parts, as was required by a previous court order, its renewed move for class certification is denied with prejudice.

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