Hartley LLP attorneys spent months investigating this proprietary case before filing it in 2009. Hartley LLP are court-appointed lead counsel on behalf of companies in the U.S. that purchased automotive sheet metal parts, such as hoods, fenders, and panels. The case alleges that each of the defendants, all of which are located in Taiwan, conspired to fix the prices of aftermarket sheet metal products sold in the United States. Defendants implemented their conspiracy in several ways, including routine price fixing agreements, client allocation, and joint tooling agreements in which some Defendants mothballed their tools for making certain parts in order to give production control to a single Defendant, eliminating competition for the tool and setting higher prices for customers.
Hartley LLP attorneys have recovered $30 million from the Taiwan Defendants so far, and continue to litigate against the remaining Defendants.