Ocean Shippers Look To Sink Auto Price-Fixing Claims

Law360, New York (July 23, 2015, 8:49 PM EDT) -- International shipping firms on Thursday fought to submarine putative class actions in New Jersey alleging that they illegally conspired to stifle competition and inflate prices for transporting vehicles, contending that direct and indirect purchasers of those services run into federal preemption problems or lack standing.

The numerous defendants in the litigation range from Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and affiliate NYK Line (North America) Inc. to Norwegian corporate entity Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS.

The all-day hearing before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas on the companies' motions to dismiss in the multidistrict litigation came as attorneys for indirect purchasers of vehicles shipped...

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