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DENSO, MAHLE, Others Reach Settlement in $14M Lawsuit

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Aug. 12, 2019—A U.S. District Court in Michigan recently approved the following announcement of proposed class action settlements with the Calsonic Defendants, DENSO Defendants, MAHLE Behr Defendants and Panasonic Defendants. 

The settlements resolve allegations against the Settling Defendants that they conspired to raise, fix, maintain, and/or stabilize prices, rig bids, and allocate markets and customers for air conditioning systems sold in the U.S., in violation of federal antitrust laws.

The settlements affect those who purchased air conditioning systems in the U.S. between Jan. 1, 2001 and Feb. 14, 2017 directly from any one of the following entities: 

  • Calsonic Kansei Corp.
  • DENSO Corporation
  • MAHLE Behr Gmbh & Co. KG; MAHLE Behr USA Inc.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
  • Panasonic Corp.; Panasonic Corp. of North America
  • Sanden Automotive Corp.
  • Showa Aluminum Corp. of America
  • Showa Denko K.K.
  • Valeo Climate Control Corp. and Valeo Electrical Systems, Inc.
  • Valeo Inc.
  • Behr GmbH
  • Keihin Corp.
  • Nichirin Co., Ltd.

A hearing will be held on Nov. 5 for the purpose of determining whether the proposed settlements with the Calsonic Defendants, DENSO Defendants, MAHLE Behr Defendants and Panasonic Defendants totaling $14.17 million should be approved by the Court as fair, reasonable and adequate.

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