Bearings Maker SKF Can't Duck Auto Parts Price-Fixing MDL

Law360, Los Angeles (August 27, 2014, 7:53 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday rejected bearings manufacturer SKF USA Inc.’s attempt to dodge multidistrict litigation accusing auto parts manufacturers of bid-rigging and fixing prices, ruling the plaintiffs did not need to spell out SKF’s exact role in the conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani denied SKF’s motion to dismiss consolidated class action complaints of indirect bearings purchasers — car dealerships and end-payors — despite SKF’s claims that the suits lacked specificity.

The judge dismissed SKF’s Swedish parent company, AB SKF, from the MDL last month over a lack of personal jurisdiction but held on Wednesday that the plaintiffs...

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