Weitz and Luxenberg is investigating a potential antitrust class action lawsuit against several major German car makers following reports that the European Commission is looking into an antitrust cartel involving BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Audi, and Porsche. Consumers who purchased cars by these manufacturers may have paid higher prices as a result of this anti-competitive conduct.
The five companies allegedly jointly determined cost and price matters as well as the size of automotive components as part of the wide-ranging conspiracy. According to German newspaper Der Spiegel, Volkswagen and Daimler have admitted involvement in the cartel and requested leniency from European competition enforcement authorities in exchange for their cooperation in the antitrust investigation.
Weitz & Luxenberg encourages anyone who purchased a new BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, or Bentley in the past 10 years to contact the firm. Specifically, the firm is interested in anyone who purchased a car in the following states: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.
The firm has handled other matters related to car manufacturers, most recently filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers harmed by a defect in General Motors’ ignition switch that caused the ignition to shut off unexpectedly.