Frequently Asked Questions

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Basic Information

1. What are these lawsuits about?

The lawsuits claim that the Defendants in each lawsuit agreed to unlawfully raise the price of certain vehicle component parts. As a result, consumers and businesses who purchased or leased qualifying new vehicles (not for resale) containing those parts or who indirectly purchased qualifying replacement parts (not for resale) from the Defendants may have paid more than they should have. Although the Settling Defendants have agreed to settle, they do not agree that they engaged in any wrongdoing or are liable or owe any money or benefits to Plaintiffs. The Court has not yet decided who is right.

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2. Who are the Settling Defendants?

There are two rounds of Settling Defendants.

The following companies previously agreed to the Round 1 Settlements in the lawsuits, and the Court has given final approval to these Settlements:

  • Autoliv, Inc.; Autoliv ASP, Inc.; Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG; Autoliv Safety Technology, Inc.; And Autoliv Japan Ltd. (collectively, “Autoliv”),
  • Fujikura, Ltd. and Fujikura Automotive America LLC (together, “Fujikura”),
  • Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. (“HIAMS”),
  • Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering, LLC (“KL Sales”),
  • Lear Corporation (“Lear”),
  • Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.; N.S. International, Ltd.; and New Sabina Industries, Inc. (collectively, “Nippon Seiki”),
  • Panasonic Corporation and Panasonic Corporation of North America (together, “Panasonic”),
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.; Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.; Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (incorporating K&S Wiring Systems, Inc.); and Sumitomo Wiring Systems (U.S.A.) Inc. (collectively, “Sumitomo”),
  • T.RAD Co., Ltd. and T.RAD North America, Inc. (together, “T.RAD”),
  • TRW Deutschland Holding GmbH and TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation (now known as “ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.”) (together, “TRW”), and
  • Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Incorporated (together, “Yazaki”).

Fourteen persons claiming to be Settlement Class members objected to the Round 1 Settlements, four of whom ultimately withdrew their objections. The Court overruled the remaining objections. Because certain objectors have appealed the Court’s approval of the Settlements, the Round 1 Settlements are not yet final.

The Round 2 Settlements have not yet received final approval from the Court. The Court will decide whether to approve the Round 2 Settlements at the Final Fairness Hearing on April 19, 2017. The Round 2 Settling Defendants are:

  • Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. and Aisin Automotive Casting, LLC (together, “Aisin Seiki”),
  • DENSO Corporation; DENSO International America, Inc.; DENSO International Korea Corporation; DENSO Korea Automotive Corporation; DENSO Automotive Deutschland GmbH; ASMO Co., Ltd.; ASMO North America, LLC; ASMO Greenville of North Carolina, Inc.; and ASMO Manufacturing, Inc. (collectively, “DENSO”),
  • Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and American Furukawa, Inc. (together, “Furukawa”),
  • G.S. Electech, Inc.; G.S. Wiring Systems Inc.; and G.S.W. Manufacturing, Inc. (collectively, “G.S. Electech”),
  • LEONI Wiring Systems, Inc. and Leonische Holding Inc. (together, “LEONI”),
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc.; and Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc. (collectively, “MELCO”),
  • NSK Ltd.; NSK Americas, Inc.; NSK Steering Systems Co., Ltd.; and NSK Steering Systems America, Inc. (collectively, “NSK”),
  • Omron Automotive Electronics Co. Ltd. (“Omron”),
  • Schaeffler Group USA Inc. (“Schaeffler”),
  • Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. and DTR Industries, Inc. (together, “Sumitomo Riko”),
  • Tokai Rika Co., Ltd. and TRAM, Inc. d/b/a Tokai Rika U.S.A. Inc. (together, “Tokai Rika”), and
  • Valeo Japan Co., Ltd. on behalf of itself and Valeo Inc.; Valeo Electrical Systems, Inc.; and Valeo Climate Control Corp. (collectively, “VALEO”).

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3. Who are the Non-Settling Defendants?

A list of the Non-Settling Defendants and the vehicle component parts they manufactured and sold is available on the Non-Settling Defendants page of this website.

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4. What Vehicle Parts are included?

The Settlements generally include the vehicle component parts listed below. The specific definitions of the vehicle component parts are set forth in each Settlement Agreement. Each of those Settlement Agreements, and the related Complaints, are accessible on this website.

You may also select from this drop down for further information on an indivdual part:

  • Air Conditioning Systems are systems that cool the interior environment of a vehicle and are part of a vehicle’s thermal system. Air Conditioning Systems, whether sold together or separately, include one or more of the following: automotive compressors, condensers, HVAC units (typically consisting of a blower motor, actuators, flaps, evaporator, heater core, and filter embedded in a plastic housing), control panels, sensors, and associated hoses and pipes.
  • Air Flow Meters are used to measure the volume of air flowing into motor vehicle engines.
  • Air Fuel Ratio Sensors are “wideband” oxygen sensors that enable more precise control of the air-to-fuel ratio injected into the engine. Air Fuel Ratio Sensors are a type of Oxygen Sensor.
  • Alternators are electromechanical devices that generate an electric current while vehicle engines are in operation.
  • Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts are comprised primarily of rubber and metal and are installed in suspension systems and engine mounts, as well as other parts of a vehicle, to reduce engine and road vibration.
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid Warmers are automatic transmission fluid warmer or cooler devices located in the engine compartment of a vehicle that moderate the temperature of the automatic transmission fluid.
  • Automotive Bearings are devices in a vehicle used to position, hold, and guide moving parts, as well as to reduce friction between moving and fixed parts. Automotive Bearings are located throughout a vehicle. Automotive Bearings include the following devices used in vehicles: ball bearings, tapered roller bearings, roller bearings, mounted bearings, and parts and components for ball and roller bearings.
  • Automotive Hoses are flexible tubes used to convey liquid and air in vehicles. Automotive Hoses include low-pressure rubber hoses used in automobile engine compartments and plastic and resin tubes used in vehicle engine compartments and fuel tank modules.
  • Automotive Wire Harness Systems are the electrical distribution systems used to direct and control electronic components, wiring, and circuit boards in vehicles. Automotive Wire Harness Systems include the following parts: automotive wire harnesses, automotive electrical wiring, lead wire assemblies, cable bond, automotive wiring connectors, automotive wiring terminals, electronic control units, fuse boxes, relay boxes, junction blocks, power distributors, high voltage wiring, and speed sensor wire assemblies.
  • Ceramic Substrates are uncoated ceramic monoliths with fine honeycomb structures that, after coating with a mix of metal and other chemicals, are incorporated into automotive catalytic converters.
  • Electric Powered Steering Assemblies provide electronic power to assist the driver to more easily steer the vehicle. Electric Powered Steering Assemblies link the steering wheel to the tires. Electric Powered Steering Assemblies include Pinion-Assist Type Electric Powered Steering Assemblies as well as all component parts of the assemblies, including the steering column, intermediate shaft, electronic control unit, and electric power steering motors (but not the steering wheel or tires).
  • Electronic Throttle Bodies control the amount of air flowing into a motor vehicle’s engine.
  • Fan Motors are small electric motors used to turn radiator cooling fans.
  • Fuel Injection Systems admit fuel or a fuel/air mixture into vehicle engine cylinders. Fuel Injection Systems can also be sold as part of a broader system, such as an engine management system, or as separate components. Fuel Injection Systems include one or more of the following parts: injectors; high pressure pumps; rail assemblies; feed lines; engine electronic control units; fuel pumps and fuel pump modules; manifold absolute pressure sensors; pressure regulators; pulsation dampers; purge control valves; air flow meters; and electronic throttle bodies.
  • Fuel Senders are devices located inside the fuel tank of vehicles that measure the amount of fuel in the tank.
  • Heater Control Panels are either mechanical or electrical devices that control the temperature of the interior environment of a vehicle. Heater Control Panels can be either manual (referred to as low-grade) or automatic (referred to as high-grade) and are located in the center console, back seat, or rear cabin of an automobile.
  • High Intensity Discharge Ballasts are electrical devices that limit the amount of electrical current flowing to a High Intensity Discharge Ballast headlamp.
  • Ignition Coils release electric energy to ignite the fuel/air mixture in cylinders.
  • Instrument Panel Clusters are the mounted instruments and gauges housed in front of the driver of a vehicle. Instrument Panel Clusters are also known as meters.
  • Inverters convert direct current electricity to alternating current electricity.
  • Motor Generators are electric motors used to power electric drive systems that can also capture and regenerate energy.
  • Occupant Safety Restraint Systems are comprised of the parts in an automotive vehicle that protect drivers and passengers from bodily harm. Occupant Safety Restraint Systems include one or more of the following: seat belts, air bags, steering wheels or steering systems, and safety electronic systems.
  • Oil Coolers are devices located in the engine compartment of a vehicle that remove surplus heat from the engine oil.
  • Power Window Motors are small electric motors used to raise and lower vehicle windows.
  • Power Window Switches are automobile switches that raise or lower a vehicle’s electric windows.
  • Radiators are heat exchangers or other devices that help prevent vehicle engines from overheating or otherwise regulate the temperature of the engine compartment of a vehicle and the fluids passing through it, including all devices physically attached to and sold as part of a radiator.
  • Spark Plugs are located in the engine and deliver high electric voltage from the ignition system to the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine.
  • Standard Oxygen Sensors are located in the exhaust system and measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust.
  • Starters are small electronic motors used in starting internal combustion engines.
  • Steering Angle Sensors detect the angle of the vehicle’s direction and send signals to a vehicle computer, which in turn controls the vehicle stability during turns. Steering Angle Sensors are installed on the steering column of a vehicle and may be connected to part of a combination switch.
  • Switches include one or more of the following: steering wheel switch (installed in the steering wheel), used to control functions within the vehicle; turn switch (installed behind the steering wheel), used to signal a left or right turn and control hi/lo beam selection; wiper switch (installed behind the steering wheel), used to activate the vehicle’s windshield wipers; combination switch, a combination of the turn and wiper switches as one unit, sold together as a pair; and door courtesy switch (installed in the door frame), which activates the light inside the vehicle when the door opens.
  • Valve Timing Control Devices (also called Variable Timing Devices and/or Variable Timing Control Devices), control the timing of engine valve operation and include the Variable Timing Control actuator or solenoid valve. Some valve timing control devices may also contain an oil control valve.
  • Windshield Washer Systems include one or more of the following: pump, hoses, nozzle, and tank necessary to deliver washer fluid to vehicle windows.
  • Windshield Wiper Systems include one or more of the following: motor, linkage, arm, and blade necessary to clear water or snow from vehicle windows.

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5. Why are these Class Actions?

In class actions, one or more individuals or companies called the “class representatives” sue on behalf of themselves and other people with similar claims in the specific class action. All of these individuals or companies together are the “Class” or “Class members.” In these Class actions, there are a total of fifty-five Class representatives. In a class action, one court may resolve the issues for all Class members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.

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Who Is Included in the Classes?

6. How do I know if I may be included in the Classes?

Generally, you may be included in one or more of the Round 1 or Round 2 Settlement Classes if, at any time from 1996 to 2016, you: (1) bought or leased a qualifying new vehicle in the U.S. (not for resale), or (2) paid to replace one or more of the qualifying vehicle parts listed in Question 4 above (not for resale). In general, qualifying vehicles include four-wheeled passenger automobiles, cars, light trucks, pickup trucks, crossovers, vans, mini-vans, and sport utility vehicles.

The specific definition of the vehicles, as well as the definition of who is included in the Settlement Classes, is set forth in each Settlement Agreement. Each of those Settlement Agreements, and the related Complaints, are accessible on the Court Documents page, or can be obtained by calling 1-877-940-5043.

You can also obtain additional information to learn whether you are a member of one or more of the Round 1 and Round 2 Settlement Classes by providing details regarding your purchase or lease of a new vehicle or your purchase of a replacement part, or by calling 1-877-940-5043.

Purchasers or lessees of qualifying new vehicles or indirect purchasers of any of the replacement parts listed in Question 4 may be members of the Settlement Classes entitled to monetary recovery. Only those Settlement Class Members who, during the relevant time periods listed above, purchased or leased a vehicle or purchased a replacement part while (1) residing or (2) as to businesses, having the principal place of business located, in the District of Columbia or the states listed below will be entitled to share in the monetary recovery. Those states are: 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. You may have seen a prior notice that indicated that members of the Settlement Classes may be entitled to monetary recovery if the purchase or lease transaction occurred in the District of Columbia or one of the listed states. Please note that the prior information as to the place of the purchase or lease transaction has been replaced.

Payments to Settlement Class members will only be made: (1) if the Court approves the Round 2 Settlements and after any appeals from such approval are resolved; and (2) in accordance with the Plan of Allocation to distribute the Net Settlement Funds (see Question 12).

The time period covered by the Round 1 and Round 2 Settlements for each of the Settlement Classes is provided below:

Round 1 Settling Defendants

Defendant Time Period Starts Time Period Ends Auto Part(s) Cases
Autoliv January 1, 2003 May 30, 2014 Occupant Safety Restraint Systems
Fujikura January 1, 1999 August 24, 2015 Wire Harness
HIAMS January 1, 2000 March 26, 2015 Alternators
Starters
Ignition Coils
Motor Generators
Inverters
Fuel Injection Systems
Valve Timing Control Devices
Air Flow Meters
Electronic Throttle Bodies
KL Sales January 1, 2000 May 5, 2014 Wire Harness
Lear January 1, 2000 May 5, 2014 Wire Harness
Nippon Seiki December 1, 2002 January 26, 2016 Instrument Panel Clusters
Panasonic July 1, 1998 February 25, 2015 HID Ballasts
January 1, 2000 February 25, 2015 Switches
September 1, 2000 February 25, 2015 Steering Angle Sensors
T.RAD November 1, 2002 August 12, 2015 ATF Warmers
February 1, 2001 August 12, 2015 Radiators
TRW January 1, 2003 September 17, 2014 Occupant Safety Restraint Systems
Sumitomo January 1, 1999 September 15, 2015 Wire Harness
Heater Control Panels
Yazaki January 1, 1999 September 15, 2014 Wire Harness
Instrument Panel Clusters
Fuel Senders

Round 2 Settling Defendants

Defendant Time Period Starts Time Period Ends Auto Part(s)
Aisin Seiki January 1, 2000 August 25, 2016 Valve Timing Control Devices
DENSO January 1, 1998 July 14, 2016 Wire Harness
Instrument Panel Clusters
Fuel Senders
Heater Control Panels
Alternators
Windshield Wiper Systems
Radiators
Starters
Ignition Coils
Motor Generators
HID Ballasts
Inverters
Fan Motors
Fuel Injection Systems
Power Window Motors
Automatic Transmission Fluid Warmers
Valve Timing Control Devices
Air Conditioning Systems
Windshield Washer Systems
Spark Plugs
Ceramic Substrates
Furukawa January 1, 1998 August 5, 2016 Wire Harness
G.S. Electech January 1, 1999 August 29, 2016 Wire Harness
LEONI January 1, 1999 June 28, 2016 Wire Harness
MELCO July 1, 1998 March 30, 2016 Wire Harness
Alternators
Starters
Ignition Coils
Fuel Injection Systems
Valve Timing Control Devices
HID Ballasts
Electronic Powered Steering Assemblies
NSK January 1, 2000
January 1, 2005
July 21, 2016
July 21, 2016
Bearings
Electronic Powered Steering Assemblies
Omron January 1, 2003 August 10, 2016 Power Window Switches
Schaeffler January 1, 2000 August 10, 2016 Bearings
Sumitomo Riko March 1, 1996
May 1, 2003
July 30, 2016
July 30, 2016
Anti-Vibrational Rubber Parts
Automotive Hoses
Tokai Rika January 1, 1999 August 2, 2016 Wire Harness
Valeo May 1, 1999 July 26, 2016 Air Conditioning Systems

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7. Who is not included in the Settlement Classes?

The Settlement Classes do not include:

  • Any of the Defendants, their parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates;
  • Any co-conspirators;
  • Federal government entities and instrumentalities;
  • States and their political subdivisions, agencies, and instrumentalities; and
  • All persons who purchased their vehicle parts directly from the Defendants or for resale.

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8. Why are the lawsuits continuing if there are Settlements?

The Round 1 and Round 2 Settlements have been reached with the Settling Defendants (listed in Question 2) as specified in the individual Settlement Agreements. The lawsuits will continue against all of the remaining Defendants who have not settled (“Non-Settling Defendants”).

Additional money may become available in the future as a result of a trial or future Settlements. Alternatively, the litigation may be resolved in favor of the Non-Settling Defendants, and no additional money may become available. There is no guarantee as to what will happen.

Please register to be notified about any future Settlements or to file a claim.

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9. What if I am not sure whether I am included?

If you are not sure whether you are included, you may call 1-877-940-5043 with questions or continue reviewing the information on this website. You may also write with questions to Auto Parts Settlements, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 10163, Dublin, OH 43017-3163.

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The Settlements' Benefits

10. What do the Settlements provide?

The Round 2 Settlements totaling $379,401,268 are now being presented to the Court for approval. The Court has already approved the Round 1 Settlements, totaling $224,668,350 in 19 cases. Together, the Round 1 and Round 2 Settlement Funds total approximately $604 million. After deduction of attorneys’ fees, notice and claims administration costs, and litigation expenses, as approved by the Court, the Net Settlement Funds will be available for distribution to Class members who timely file valid claims.

The Round 1 and Round 2 Settlements also include non-monetary relief (see Question 14), including cooperation, as well as agreements by certain Settling Defendants not to engage in the conduct that is the subject of the lawsuits, as more fully described in the proposed Final Judgments located on the Court Documents page of this website.

The Settlement Funds are allocated to the relevant vehicle component cases as follows:

Auto Parts Round 1 Settlements and Settlement Funds

Automotive Parts Case Settling Defendant Settlement Fund
Air Flow Meters HIAMS $5,047,920
Alternators HIAMS $6,216,420
ATF Warmers T.RAD $741,000
Automotive Wire Harness Systems Lear
KL Sales
Fujikura
Sumitomo
Yazaki
$3,040,000
$228,000
$7,144,000
$35,817,220
$73,267,000
Electronic Throttle Bodies HIAMS $6,870,780
Fuel Injection Systems HIAMS $8,693,640
Fuel Senders Yazaki $58,000
Heater Control Panels Sumitomo $2,182,780
HID Ballasts Panasonic $5,510,596
Ignition Coils HIAMS $7,431,660
Instrument Panel Clusters Nippon Seiki
Yazaki
$4,560,000
$2,675,000
Inverters HIAMS $2,337,000
Motor Generators HIAMS $2,337,000
Occupant Safety Systems TRW
Autoliv
$5,446,350
$19,000,000
Radiators T.RAD $6,669,000
Starters HIAMS $3,832,680
Steering Angle Sensors Panasonic $6,293,229
Switches Panasonic $5,296,175
Valve Timing Control Devices HIAMS $3,972,900
Total $224,668,350

Auto Parts Round 2 Settlements and Settlement Funds

Automotive Parts Case Settling Defendant Settlement Fund
Air Conditioning Systems DENSO
Valeo
$21,836,133
$6,650,000
Alternators DENSO
MELCO
$50,449,261
$17,129,946.08
Anti-Vibrational Rubber Parts Sumitomo Riko $10,283,916.10
ATF Warmers DENSO $1,662,943
Automotive Bearings NSK
Schaeffler
$22,420,000
$7,600,000
Automotive Hoses Sumitomo Riko $1,116,083.90
Automotive Wire Harness Systems DENSO
LEONI
Tokai Rika
G.S. Electech
Furukawa
MELCO
$14,531,801
$1,482,000
$760,000
$3,040,000
$42,560,000
$3,211,463.34
Ceramic Substrates DENSO $1,531,138
Electric Powered Steering Assemblies MELCO
NSK
$3,211,463.34
$3,800,000
Fan Motors DENSO $142,120
Fuel Injection Systems DENSO
MELCO
$19,392,650
$3,211,463.34
Fuel Senders DENSO $187,823
Heater Control Panels DENSO $14,676,679
HID Ballasts DENSO
MELCO
$1,424,803
$3,211,463.34
Ignition Coils DENSO
MELCO
$16,746,824
$14,567,197.98
Instrument Panel Clusters DENSO $7,525,762
Inverters DENSO $142,120
Motor Generators DENSO $142,120
Power Window Motors DENSO $142,120
Power Window Switches Omron $3,040,000
Radiators DENSO $15,760,989
Spark Plugs DENSO $9,760,366
Starters DENSO
MELCO
$9,709,228
$16,474,807.24
Valve Timing Control Devices DENSO
Aisin Seiki
MELCO
$4,362,039
$18,620,000
$3,211,463.34
Windshield Washer Systems DENSO $362,978
Windshield Wipers DENSO $3,310,103
Total $379,401,268

Any interest earned will be added to each of the Settlement Funds. More details about the Settlements are provided in the Settlement Agreements, available on the Court Documents page of this website.

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How To Get Benefits

11. How do I Submit a Claim?

You may be entitled to a portion of the Settlement Funds when a distribution is made to Class members of the Settlement Classes. If you excluded or exclude yourself from any of the Settlement Classes in the Round 1 or Round 2 Settlements, you will not receive a payment from those funds. However, you will be required to submit a Claim Form to be eligible to receive a payment from any of the Settlement Funds. No deadline has yet been set by the Court for the submission of the Claim Form, but you can file your claim now. You may Submit a Claim Online or by printing and mailing your completed form to:

Auto Parts Settlements
c/o GCG
P.O. Box 10163
Dublin, OH 43017-3163

You may also call 1-877-940-5043, write the Claims Administrator at the address above, or Download a PDF to obtain a Claim Form. If you submit a Claim Form or register on this website, you will receive future notifications containing additional important information, including information about any future Settlements.

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12. How much money can I get?

The amount of your recovery will be determined by the terms of the Plan of Allocation.

Class Counsel has proposed a Plan of Allocation to distribute the Net Settlement Funds from the Round 1 and Round 2 Settlements to the members of the Settlement Classes. If the Court approves the Plan of Allocation, payment will be made on a pro rata basis to Settlement Class members who submit claims that are allowed by the Court, which will be based on a ratio consisting of the claimant’s total number of vehicles purchased or leased or replacement parts purchased, and the total number of vehicles purchased or leased and replacement parts purchased by other claimants. Claims based on vehicles containing automotive parts that were specifically targeted by Defendants’ alleged collusive conduct receive more money. The amount of money Class members are eligible to receive is based on information obtained by Class Counsel during discovery as well as the cooperation provided by the Round 1 and 2 Settling Defendants.

At this time, it is unknown how much each Settlement Class member who submits a valid claim will receive. Payments will be based on a number of factors, including at least the number of valid claims filed by all Settlement Class members and the number of (1) qualifying new vehicles purchased or leased or (2) qualifying replacement parts purchased. It is possible that any money remaining after claims are paid will be distributed to charities, governmental entities, or other beneficiaries approved by the Court. No matter how many claims are filed, no money will be returned to the Settling Defendants after the Court finally approves the Round 2 Settlements.

In order to receive a payment from any of the Settlements (Round 1 and Round 2), you will need to file a valid Claim Form. If you want to be kept updated about any future settlements, you should register or file a Claim Form.

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13. When will I get a payment?

Payments may be distributed to Settlement Class members after the Court grants final approval to the Round 2 Settlements and any appeals are resolved. Appeals can take several years to conclude.

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14. What is the non-monetary relief?

Certain of the Settling Defendants have agreed not to engage in certain specified conduct that would violate the antitrust laws that are at issue in these lawsuits for a period of two years. Additionally, all of these Settling Defendants will cooperate with the Plaintiffs in their ongoing litigation against the Non-Settling Defendants.

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Remaining In the Classes

15. What happens if I remain in the Settlement Classes?

Although objectors have appealed the Court’s decision and the Round 1 Settlements are not yet final, you can no longer exclude yourself from the Round 1 Settlement Classes. You can exclude yourself from the Round 2 Settlements until March 16, 2017.

If you do not exclude yourself from the Round 2 Settlement Classes by the applicable deadlines and the Round 2 Settlements become final, you give up your right to sue these Settling Defendants on your own for the claims described in the Settlement Agreements. You also will be bound by any decisions by the Court relating to the Round 2 Settlements.

In return for paying the Settlement amounts and providing the non-monetary benefits, the Round 1 and Round 2 Settling Defendants (and certain related entities defined in the Settlement Agreements) will be released from claims relating to the alleged conduct involving the vehicle parts identified in the Settlement Agreements. The Settlement Agreements describe the released claims in detail, so read them carefully since those releases will be binding on you if the Court approves these Settlements. If you have any questions, you can talk to Class Counsel listed in Question 19 for free, or you can, of course, talk to your own lawyer (at your own expense) if you have questions about what this means. The Settlement Agreements, and the specific releases, are available on the Court Documents page of this website.”

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Excluding Yourself From The Settlement Classes

16. How do I get out of the Settlement Classes?

To exclude yourself from one or more of the Round 2 Settlement Classes, you must send a letter by mail stating that you want to be excluded from In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 12-2311, and specifying which Settlement Class or Classes (including the specific automotive part case) you wish to be excluded from. If you did not timely request to be excluded from the Round 1 Settlements, you may not do so at this time. You may only request to be excluded from the Settlement Classes for the Round 2 Settlements.

Your letter must also include:

  • Your name, address, and telephone number;
  • Documents reflecting your purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle and/or purchase of the applicable replacement part. Purchase or lease documentation should include: (a) the date of purchase or lease, (b) the make and model year of the new vehicle, and (c) the state where the new vehicle was purchased or leased. Replacement part documentation should include: (a) the date of purchase, (b) type of replacement part purchased, and (c) the state where the replacement part was purchased; and
  • Your signature.

If you are seeking to exclude yourself from one or more of the Round 2 Settlement Classes, you are also requested (but not required) to state in your letter the number of new vehicles you purchased from March 1, 1996 to August 29, 2016.

Any request for exclusion must be received no later than March 16, 2017, and mailed to:

Automotive Parts Indirect Exclusions
c/o GCG
P.O. Box 10163
Dublin, OH 43017-3163

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17. If I do not exclude myself, can I sue for the same thing later?

No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up any right to sue the Round 2 Settling Defendants for the claims being released in this litigation.

If you did not timely exclude yourself from the Round 1 Settlements, you gave up your right to sue the Round 1 Defendants for the claims released in this litigation.

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18. If I exclude myself, can I still get money benefits?

No. If you exclude(d) yourself from the Settlement Class(es) in any Round 1 or Round 2 Settlement, you will not get any money as a result of the Settlement in that case.

However, you may exclude yourself from one or more of the Settlement Classes for any of the Round 2 Settlements, but remain in other Settlement Classes for other Round 2 Settlements. In that case, you may receive money from the Round 2 Settlements for the Settlement Classes in which you remain a Class member.

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The Lawyers Representing You

19. Do I have a lawyer representing me?

The Court has appointed the following law firms as Settlement Class Counsel to represent you and all other members of the Classes:


Steven Williams
Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy LLP
San Francisco Airport Office Center
840 Malcolm Road, Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010
Hollis Salzman
Robins Kaplan LLP
601 Lexington Avenue,
Suite 3400
New York, NY 10022
Marc M. Seltzer
Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
1901 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90067

You will not be charged for contacting these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

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20. How will the lawyers be paid?

The Court heard oral argument on May 11, 2016 with regards to the Round 1 Settlements. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Court ordered that a partial attorney fee of 10% of the Round 1 Settlements’ proceeds be awarded. In addition, the Court ordered approximately 5% of the total Round 1 Settlements’ proceeds or $11,250,000 be set aside for further litigation expenses, and awarded reimbursement of $7,622,359.77 in costs and expenses incurred from the onset of appointment of Interim Co-Lead Counsel.

At the upcoming final fairness hearing, Class Counsel may ask the Court (a) to reimburse them for certain costs and expenses, and (b) for attorneys’ fees based on their services in this litigation, not to exceed 27.5% of the approximately $379 million in additional Settlement Funds resulting from the Round 2 Settlements after deducting reimbursable costs and expenses. Any payment to the attorneys will be subject to Court approval, and the Court may award less than the requested amount. The attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses that the Court orders, plus the costs to administer the Round 2 Settlements, will come out of the Settlement Funds. Class Counsel may seek additional attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses from any additional Settlements or recoveries obtained in the future.

When Class Counsel’s motion for fees, costs and expenses related to the Round 2 Settlements is filed, it will be available on the Court Documents page of this website. The motion will be posted on the website at least 45 days before the Court holds a hearing to consider the request, and you will have an opportunity to comment on the motion (see Question 21). Register or call 1-877-940-5043 to receive notice when the motion is filed.

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Objecting To The Settlements

21. How do I object to or comment on the Settlements and/or the Plan of Allocation?

If you did not timely object or comment on one or more of the Round 1 Settlements, you may not do so at this time. If you have objections to or comments about any aspect of one or more of the Round 2 Settlements or the Plan of Allocation as it applies to members of the Round 1 and Round 2 Settlement Classes, you may express your views to the Court. You can only object to or comment on one or more of the Round 2 Settlements or the Plan of Allocation if you do not exclude yourself from the applicable Settlement Class or Classes.

To object to or comment on a Round 2 Settlement, you must specify which Settlement (including the specific vehicle part) you are objecting to and include the following in your objection letter:

  • Your name, address, and telephone number;
  • Documents reflecting your purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle and/or purchase of the applicable replacement part. Purchase or lease documentation should include: (a) the date of purchase or lease, (b) the make and model year of the new vehicle, and (c) the state where the new vehicle was purchased or leased. Replacement part documentation should include: (a) the date of purchase, (b) type of replacement part purchased, and (c) the state where the replacement part was purchased;
  • The name of the Settling Defendant whose Settlement you are objecting to or commenting on;
  • The vehicle part case that is the subject of your objection(s) or comments;
  • The reasons you object to the Settlement or the Plan of Allocation, along with any supporting materials; and
  • Your signature.

Any comment or objection must be received no later than March 16, 2017, and mailed to:

Court Settlement Administrator

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Clerk’s Office
Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Room 564
Detroit, MI 48226

Auto Parts Settlements Objections
c/o GCG
P.O. Box 10163
Dublin, OH 43017-3163

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22. What is the difference between excluding myself from the Settlement Classes and objecting to the Settlements?

If you exclude yourself from one or more of the Round 2 Settlement Classes, you are telling the Court that you do not want to participate in the Round 2 Settlement(s) from which you exclude yourself. Therefore, you will not be eligible to receive any benefits from those Round 2 Settlements, and you will not be able to object to them. Objecting to a Round 2 Settlement simply means telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement. Objecting does not make you ineligible to receive a payment.

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The Final Fairness Hearing

23. When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the Settlements?

The Court held a Final Fairness Hearing on May 11, 2016 to decide whether to approve the Round 1 Settlements. Because certain objectors have appealed the Court’s decision, the Round 1 Settlements are not yet final. The Court will hold a Final Fairness Hearing at 2:00 p.m. on April 19, 2017, at the United States Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, Room 272. The hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so check this website or call 1-877-940-5043 for current information. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the Round 2 Settlements are fair, reasonable, and adequate. If there are objections or comments, the Court will consider them at that time and may listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing. The Court may also decide how much to pay Settlement Class Counsel. At or after the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Round 2 Settlements.

The Plan of Allocation may also be considered at the Final Approval Hearing, along with the fairness of the Round 2 Settlements, and any application for attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of expenses. The Plan of Allocation may also be considered at later hearings before the Court, and notice of such hearings will be provided on this website.

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24. Do I have to attend the hearing?

No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have. But you are welcome to attend at your expense. If you send an objection or comment, you do not have to come to Court to talk about it. As long as you mailed your written objection on time, the Court will consider it. You may also hire your own lawyer at your own expense to attend on your behalf, but you are not required to do so.

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25. May I speak at the hearing?

If you send an objection or comment on the Round 2 Settlements as described in Question 21, you may have the right to speak at the Final Fairness Hearing as determined by the Court. You cannot speak at the hearing about a Round 2 Settlement if you exclude yourself from that specific Settlement Class.

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The Trials

26. When and where will the trials against the Non-Settling Defendants take place?

If the cases are not dismissed or settled, the Plaintiffs will have to prove their claims against the Non- Settling Defendants at trial. Trial dates have not yet been set.

At the trial, a decision will be reached about whether the Plaintiffs or the Non-Settling Defendants are right about the claims in the lawsuits. There is no guarantee that the Plaintiffs will win any money or other benefits for Class members at trial.

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27. What are the Plaintiffs asking for from the Non-Settling Defendants?

The Class representatives are asking for money for Settlement Class members in the District of Columbia and 30 states listed in Question 6 above. The Class representatives are also seeking a nationwide court order to prohibit the Non-Settling Defendants from engaging in the alleged behavior that is the subject of the lawsuits.

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28. Will I get money after the trials?

If the Plaintiffs obtain money or benefits as a result of a trial or Settlement with any of the Non-Settling Defendants, Settlement Class members will be notified about how to ask for a share or what their other options are at that time. These things are not known right now.

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Get More Information

29. How do I get more information?

This website and the Notice summarize the Settlements. More details are in the Settlement Agreements. You can get copies of the Settlement Agreements and more information about the Settlements on the Court Documents page of this website. In addition, the full Plan of Allocation is available here. You also may write with questions to Auto Parts Settlements, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 10163, Dublin, OH 43017-3163 or call the toll-free number, 1-877-940-5043. You should also file a claim or register to be directly notified of any future settlements, the terms of the Plan of Allocation, how to file a Claim Form, and other information concerning these cases.

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