DETROIT (Oct. 19, 2011)—Four class-action federal lawsuits have been filed against several global automotive suppliers over alleged price fixing of certain parts that inflated the cost of vehicles.
The suits, three filed this month in U.S. District Court in Detroit and one in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, by three vehicle owners allege that a price-fixing scheme to raise the price of wire harnesses in turn raised the price of their vehicles.
Named in the suits are Lear Corp.—which uses polyurethane in its vehicle seat production—Delphi Automotive L.L.P., Yazaki North America Inc., Furukawa Electric Co., Leoni A.G, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., S-Y Systems Technologies GmbH and Yazaki Corp.
Detroit area lawyer Tom Wienner of Wienner & Gould PC represents three of the vehicle owners, on behalf of millions of others, in the cases in Detroit, court documents said. A California law firm represents the other plaintiff.
Wienner could not be reached for comment.
The class action suits seek seeking damages exceeding $5 million, court documents said.
Lear issued a statement Oct. 19 that said, “The company believes that the claims against it alleging anti-competitive behavior are completely without merit and will vigorously defend itself in any litigation related to such claims.”