Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation

In re: Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2471 (U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey).

CGL is Interim Co-Lead Counsel representing automobile dealers against international vehicle carrier service companies in a multi-district litigation case, and an action before the Federal Maritime Commission, concerning an alleged price-fixing and market allocation conspiracy among international operators of Roll-on/Roll-off (“RoRos”) ships—specially designed to transport vehicles which can be driven on and off. Plaintiffs are seeking damages for the costs associated with inflated prices resulting from the conspiracy, as well as injunctive relief for the alleged antitrust violations.

Defendants’ conduct has been the subject of investigations by the Japanese Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission Competition Authority, Australia’s Federal Court, and Canada’s Competition Bureau. The DOJ has announced that Defendants Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Compañía Sud Americana De Vapores S.A., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha have agreed to plead guilty and pay criminal fines collectively totaling more than $300 million for their involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices, allocate customers, and rig bids for vehicle carrier services to and from the United States.

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed the complaint, and the decision is now on appeal.

For more information, please contact attorney Benjamin D. Elga at 202-789-3960 or by email at belga@cuneolaw.com.

By | 2018-01-14T19:51:15+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Antitrust, Cases, Complex Litigation|Comments Off on Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation