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Auto Parts Antitrust Litigation, Round 5 Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

This is the fifth and final settlement in a very large antitrust litigation alleging that companies conspired to raise the price of automotive parts, causing consumers to pay more than they should have. This time, the parts include electronic braking systems, hydraulic braking systems, and exhaust systems, made by three company groups: Bosal (Bosal USA, Inc. and Bosal Industries-Georgia, Inc.), Bosch (Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch, LLC), and TRW (ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., ZF Friedrichshafen AF [now merged with TRW KFZ Ausrüstung GmbH], and Lucas Automotive GmbH [now known as ZF Active Safety GmbH]).

Information on the other four rounds of settlements is available at the settlement website.

Docket Number:

2:12‐md‐02311

Company: Bosch

Filing Deadline: January 7, 2023

Class Period: January 1, 2002 to June 5, 2018

Objection Deadline: December 20, 2022

Exclusion Deadline: December 20, 2022

Final Approval Hearing: January 12, 2023

Proof of Purchase:

The Claim Form requests that you enter your vehicle's VIN. If you have already submitted a Claim Form in the previous four rounds of settlements, you do not have to file another claim to get a payment from this round of settlements for the same vehicle or replacement part. However, if you bought additional qualifying new vehicles or parts that are included in this settlement, you should file a new Claim Form for the new vehicles or replacement parts.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if, at any time between 2002 and 2018, you (1) bought or leased a qualifying new vehicle in the US (not for resale), or (2) indirectly paid to replace one or more of the qualifying vehicle parts at issue in this case (not for resale), while living in (for individuals) or having a principal place of business in, the District of Columbia or one of the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The class periods are
- For Bosal exhaust systems: January 1, 2002 to June 5, 2018
- For Bosch electronic braking systems: September 29, 2010 to December 31, 2017
- For Bosch hydraulic braking systems: February 13, 2007 to December 31, 2017
- For TRW hydraulic braking systems: February 13, 2007 to December 31, 2017

In general, qualifying new vehicles include four-wheeled passenger autos, vans, SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks. See the Settlement Agreement or other information at the settlement website for more information.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Minimum payment of $100. Those with claims of less than $100 will be paid $100. Additional amounts may be paid as a proportional share of the funds for each Round 5 settlement part. If the net settlement funds in this Round 5 settlement are insufficient to allow a minimum payment of $100 for each claimant, amounts will be adjusted on a proportional basis.

Total Settlement Amount: $3,152,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Unknown

Law Firms:
Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy
Robins Kaplan LLP
Susman Godfrey LLP

Claim Form: Auto Parts Class Claim Form

Case Name: In re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation

Settlement Website: Auto Parts Class Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Auto Parts Settlements
P.O. Box 10163
Dublin, OH 43017-3163
info@AutoPartsClass.com
877-940-5043

Tags: Antitrust, Automobile or Auto Parts, Automobile or Similar Vehicle, Collusion and Price Fixing, Requiring Consumer to Pay Higher Prices