A proposed class action filed in California on August 29 alleges the below defendants have for roughly 20 years conspired to artificially inflate the prices of, as well as stifle technological and mechanical innovation for, their luxury vehicles:
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
BMW North America, LLC
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Audi of America, Inc.
Audi of America, LLC
Dr. Ing. H.C.F. Porsche AG
Porsche Cars of North America, Inc.
Bentley Motors Limited
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC
Mercedes Benz-U.S. International
Robert Bosch GMBH
Robert Bosch LLC
From the lawsuit:
“Defendants and their unnamed agents and co-conspirators have shared commercially sensitive information with one another for the purpose of reaching unlawful agreements surrounding the development, production, and sale of their vehicles, covering technological and mechanical components, suppliers, costs, and the market.”
The lawsuit alleges that as a result of the defendants’ collusion, proposed class members have paid illegally inflated prices for vehicles manufactured from at least 1990 through the present.