Another settlement in auto parts antitrust class action – this one with Bosch

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by Steve Larson

Consumers recently filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement with Bosch. Bosch has agreed to pay $33.4 million to settle antitrust lawsuits involving four different types of auto parts. The parts involved in the Bosch settlement are windshield wiper systems, starters, fuel injection systems and spark plugs.

The settlement, if approved, will have four separate settlement classes: one for each of the four auto parts. The classes will include anyone who, between Jan. 1, 2000, and the execution of the settlement, bought or leased a new vehicle that had the relevant part, or bought one or more of the parts as a replacement.

Most of the $33.4 million would be allocated to members of the spark plug class, who would receive $29 million. About $2.9 million would go to members of the fuel injector class, $1 million would go to the members of the starters class and about $508,000 would go to members of the windshield wiper class.

Stoll Berne filed the class action on behalf of the Oregon class.

The cases are In re: Windshield Wiper Systems, case number 2:13-cv-00903; In re: Starters, case number 2:13-cv-01103; In re: Fuel Injection Systems, case number 2:13-cv-02203; and In re: Spark Plugs, case number 2:15-cv-03003, while the MDL is In re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, case number 2:12-md-02311, all in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.