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United States v. Motor Vehicle Mfrs. Ass'n of the United States

Citation: 12 ELR 20262
No. No. CV 69-75-JWC, (C.D. Cal., 11/17/1981)

The court vacates its order approving a stipulation of nonrenewal of a consent agreement on grounds that the Department of Justice and defendants failed to comply with the Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act. The consent agreement prohibited the big four domestic automobile companies and their trade association from sharing confidential information on their emission control technology and conspiring to present a united front to the regulatory agencies on safety and emission standards. Before agreeing to modifying the decree, the Justice Department was required under the Act to file a competitive impact statement explaining the relaxation of the consent decree, discussing alternatives, and soliciting public comments. Therefore, the court vacates the stipulation and orders defendants to file with the court a description of all communications with federal officials relevant to the consent decree relaxation.

Counsel for Plaintiff
Bernard M. Hollander, Gregory B. Hovendon
Antitrust Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2494

Counsel for Defendants
Lloyd N. Cutler
Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
1666 K St. NW, Washington DC 20006
(202) 872-6100

Counsel for Intervenors
David C. Vladeck
Public Citizen Litigation Group
2000 St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 785-3704