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Suit alleges price fixing of filters

June 14, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Gas station owners, mechanics and car dealers have sued the nation's largest manufacturers of oil, air, transmission and fuel filters, accusing them of an almost decade-long conspiracy to drive up prices.

More than 30 federal lawsuits alleging collusion have been filed in recent weeks in Connecticut, Illinois, Tennessee and New Jersey. Defendants include Honeywell International Inc., Champion Laboratories Inc. and Purolator Filters.

"We don't believe there is any merit to this case whatsoever, and we will vigorously defend ourselves against it," said Camilla Denison, Champion's president.

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