In re: Parking Heaters Antitrust Litigation, Case No.1:15-mc-00940-DLI-JO
Purchasers of Parking Heaters directly from Webasto or Espar may be entitled to a payment from these class action Settlements.
Two settlements, worth up to $15 million, have been reached with Defendants Webasto Products North America, Inc., Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc. and Webasto Thermo & Comfort SE (collectively, “Webasto”) and Eberspaecher Climate Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG, Espar, Inc., and Espar Products Inc. (collectively, “Espar”) in a class action lawsuit about whether Webasto and Espar participated in an unlawful conspiracy to raise, fix, maintain, and/or stabilize the price of aftermarket Parking Heaters (heaters and accessories used to heat commercial vehicles) at artificially high levels. Webasto and Espar deny the allegations in the lawsuit but have agreed to the Settlements. The Court has not decided who is right.
The settlement with Webasto is for up to $7 million, while the settlement with Espar is for up to $8 million. The two settlements will be collectively referred to as the “Settlements.”
The Settlements offer automatic payments to certain persons and entities that purchased aftermarket Parking Heaters in the United States, its territories or possessions, directly from Webasto or Espar, or from any of their parents, predecessors, successors, subsidiaries, or affiliates, at any time from October 1, 2007 through December 31, 2012.
Initial Payments were issued in 2020. The Court has since approved a secondary distribution to those Settlement Class Members that presented their issued check for payment. Secondary distribution payments will issue in May 2022.
Additional Webasto and Espar Settlement details are available on the FAQs page.