6th Circ. Antitrust lawsuit against VW belongs to Germany

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By Linda Chiem (Nov 8, 2021, 8:40 p.m. EST) – The Sixth Circuit on Monday dropped the antitrust lawsuit by German auto parts supplier Prevent Group alleging that Volkswagen was illegally maintaining control over its suppliers, saying Prevent’s claims should be heard in Germany, where they are already engaged in a protracted litigation against Volkswagen on the same issues.

A three-judge appellate court panel upheld a Michigan federal judge’s dismissal in March of a Sherman Act lawsuit filed by two subsidiaries of the Prevent Group – Prevent USA Corp. and Eastern Horizon Group Netherlands BV – for forum non conveniens reasons. The lawsuit accused Volkswagen AG and its US unit Volkswagen Group of America Inc. of systematically blocking …

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