In re In re Motor Vehicle Air Pollution Control Equip.
Citation: 2 ELR 20376
No. No. 31, 52 F.R.D. 398/(J.P.M.L., 04/06/1970)
On April 6, 1970, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated for pre-trial proceedings in the Central District of California a nationwide group of private treble damage suits against the major automobile manufacturers and their trade association alleging a comspiracy to restrain the development of motor vehicle air pollution control equipment. See 28 U.S.C. § 1407. The Panel consolidated the litigation on its own initiative because of the number of plaintiffs and class members represented and the common scope of the conspiracy alleged. The Central District of California was chosen as the transferee district since (1) the United States had brought its antitrust action against these defendants there; (2) relevant documents and witnesses were available there; (3) certain of the alleged conspiratorial activities took place in Los Angeles; and (4) the cooperation of the judge and his colleagues will be forthcoming.
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BEFORE Alfred P. Murrah, Chairman, and John Minor Wisdom, Edward Weinfeld,* Edwin A. Robson, William H. Becker, Joseph S. Lord, III and Stanley A. Weigel, JUDGES OF THE PANEL