News & Press Coverage

Furukawa, Mitsubishi To Pay $19.6M To End Antitrust Claims

Law360
July 9, 2018

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice and Japanese and European authorities began a joint investigation into price-fixing of wire harness products by Japanese automotive parts suppliers.The investigation revealed evidence of price fixing and led to approximately $2.4 billion in criminal fines paid to the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition, a number of direct purchasers, dealerships and vehicle buyers brought lawsuits against the companies named in the investigation for conspiring to fix prices for in-car electronic systems and forcing the plaintiffs to pay higher prices for the automotive products. The direct purchasers have since reached agreements with a number of companies, all of which have been approved by the court, totaling more than $102.7 million.

This month, the list of settlements has expanded to include a $19 million deal with Furukawa Electric Co. and a $680,320 deal with Mitsubishi Electric. Both have also agreed to help the direct purchasers with their litigation against their last remaining defendant group, Denso Corp.

Preti Flaherty's Gregory P. Hansel, Randall B. Weill and Michael Smith were among the attorneys who represented the direct purchasers, the plaintiffs, in this case.

Firm Highlights

News

Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2022 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2022 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

Publication

Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

News

Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, Ellie Quinby, and Katherine Oaks filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced...

Publication

35,000 Additional H-2B Visas Now Available for the Second Half of Fiscal Year

On May 18, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule authorizing the issuance of additional 35,000 H-2B visas for the second half of Fiscal...

Publication

What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Tim Bryant Selected by Franchise Times as “Legal Eagle”

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Preti Flaherty attorney Tim Bryant has been recognized as a Franchise Times magazine “Legal Eagle.” Nominated by their peers, franchise attorneys chosen for this honor are considered among the...

Publication

H-2B Temporary Visas: Additional 35,000 Coming in Second Half of FY 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas...

News

Attorney Crystal L. Bulges Joins Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Practice Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Crystal L. Bulges has joined the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, working in the Portland office. Crystal brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience...

Press Coverage

More Reminders of the Shortcomings of Maine’s Freedom of Access Law

As part of an editorial marking Sunshine Week , the annual celebration started by the American Society of News Editors to recognize the importance of open government, Preti Flaherty attorney Sig Schutz is quoted by the  Bangor...

Press Coverage

From Maine to Kushan: Teaching the U.S. Legal System in China

Preti Flaherty attorney Jeff Thaler was recently the subject of an essay written by one of his former students at Duke Kushan University (DKU). In 2019, Jeff spent time at DKU serving as a...