DOJ Fights To Shield Leniency Docs In Auto Parts MDL

Law360, New York (October 18, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday moved to block plaintiffs suing auto parts manufacturers for price-fixing from seeking materials the defendants turned over to the antitrust watchdog in exchange for leniency in its criminal investigation.

The Antitrust Division, which has already racked up more than $1.6 billion in fines from 21 companies as part of its massive investigation of the auto parts industry, moved to intervene in the private damages cases in July in order to stay discovery relating to ongoing probes and to block...
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