Posted by Chuck on November 20, 2019
Class Action Lawsuits

Published on November 20th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Auto Parts & Auto Purchase $1.2 Billion Class Action Settlement

Update 11/20/19: Settlement fund is now $1.2 billion and you have until December 31st, 2019 to file a claim.

Auto Parts Settlement

There’s a huge class action case against numerous auto parts manufacturers claiming that they are part of a price-fixing scheme. The defendants are companies you probably never heard of, but whom you bought parts from indirectly either when purchasing/leasing a new vehicle or when changing a part in your vehichle. There is some more detailed data on exactly which auto parts are under discussion here and here.

There have already been settlements with many of the parts manufacturers (known as Round 1 Settlement and Round 2 Settlement), and now the courts are in the process of an additional round of settlements known as Round 3 Settlement. As I understand, if you file now you’ll get benefits from the earlier settlements as well.

Check your Eligibility and File a Claim Here

“You only need to file one claim regardless of: (1) the number of vehicles you purchased or leased; (2) the number of replacement parts you purchased; or (3) which settlement funds your purchases or leases may be applicable. If you have registered on this website, you will receive updates as new settlements are reached with additional defendants or in additional parts cases. We also recommend that you check this website periodically for any changes including additions to the list of included vehicles and parts.”

Who is Eligible?

You may be included if, at any time between 1995 and 2018, depending upon the component part, you: (1) bought or leased a qualifying new vehicle in the U.S. (not for resale) or (2) indirectly purchased a qualifying vehicle replacement part (not for resale). Indirectly means you bought the vehicle replacement part from someone other than the manufacturer of the part. In general, qualifying vehicles are four-wheeled passenger automobiles, cars, light trucks, pickup trucks, crossovers, vans, mini-vans, and sport utility vehicles.

Geographic Limitation: Only those members of the Settlement Classes who 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.

How Much Will We Get?

No idea. They aren’t giving estimates on this one as there are too many unknowns at this point.

Important Dates

  • 1995 until 2018 are the years where the alleged price-fixing took place.
  • Final date to submit a claim – unknown
  • Hearing Date – unknown
  • Payments may be distributed to members of the Settlement Classes after the Court grants final approval to the Round 3 Settlements and any appeals from such approvals are resolved. Appeals can take several years to conclude.

Final Thoughts

Just about everyone who owns a vehicle is included in this lawsuit. Even if you buy used, you likely replaced something or other over the years which would make you eligible.

Note, it’s not an easy class action settlement to take part of – they ask for your VIN number and documentation of the your purchase or lease. Also, don’t expect to see any money from this for quite some time.

Hat tip to Esther



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Duke I.
Duke I.

I received the card in the mail. There are 2 option to submit claim. List car or name of parts purchased. My cars were not listed and I have no way of knowing the brand of the parts since they were not the original. The receipts doesn’t list the brand.

LC
LC

oh so we can juse use your car / VIN and theyll identify? Might be easier if thats true. but i still dont know every part i purchased in last 13 years as I am sure I have purchased just about every part.

blahblah
blahblah

Not in one of the states listed (Illinois)… not eligible

stacker
stacker

I’m not sure who fact checked these documents but they have cars listed that do not exist. For example they listed a 2003-2006 Honda Prelude which does not exist because production was discontinued in 2001. I only noticed it because I own one.

FrugalGuy
FrugalGuy

I have a Honda Prelude too!
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Blue
Blue

Too bad Texas isn’t included; I’ve got full docs for four cars going back to 2000.

Sevillada
Sevillada

Yeah, we’re screwed. I had way more than that

Jon S
Jon S

Please repost this if you ever have more information about how much each claimant might receive.

Sluce
Sluce

Lame. Texas isn’t included and I have 3 vehicles on the list and detailed records and receipts on each vehicle.

Duke I.
Duke I.

The auto parts list that Doc posted was very helpful. Some of the vechicles listed in the list Doc provided is not listed on the claim’s website. Got my claim submitted.

Celia
Celia

My car is listed in Round 1 & 2 with Ceramic Substrates. What the heck does that mean? I think it might have something to do with brakes, which funny enough, I’ve had replaced 6 times since I bought it in 2008.

Chris
Chris

Brake pads most likely

Celia
Celia

Thanks. I’ll have to look to see if I have paperwork for those.

nina
nina

when selcting the year of the car, I can only select up to 2016 but not 2017 (my car is a 2017 car), so I think the lawsuit actually only includes car made on or before 2016.

Mark
Mark

Lawyers will get $500M and each class member will get a free one night vhs rental from Blockbuster.

Fathiss
Fathiss

+1. Yeah same as the tuna settlement.

Sevillada
Sevillada

While that’s partially true, it still serves to make the companies think twice before screwing customers

wilsonhammer
wilsonhammer

lol. they build it into their models as the “cost of doing business”

Nick
Nick

More like forcing companies to requiring binding arbitriation;)

Guess who would the laywers go after when most products/services require a binding arbitration?

(Hint: are you also in a position to require binding arbitration from whoever you deal with?)

security
security

Damn Illinois being shitty once again

Sevillada
Sevillada

Great, those of us in Tx are F***

Celia
Celia

Same with us in Illinois.

Duke I.
Duke I.

I submitted a claim back in 2018 according to a comment I left here. Is this the same lawsuit? If so, they must want all 330 million of us to submit a claim and give us a $1 each.

Wayne
Wayne

Exact some one. The is the Round 4 settlements.

Frank

That’s bullshit — I work for an insurance company so we “buy” (indirectly pay the cost of) these parts all the time. The settlement is the tip of the iceberg compared to the profits these guys made

Charles Mann
Charles Mann

When I grow up, I want to be a class-action lawyer!

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