October 21, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Proskauer successfully defended FCA US LLC (formerly known as Chrysler Group LLC), in the dismissal of a high-profile and complex price discrimination case filed under the Robinson-Patman Act. A California federal jury, after deliberating less than a day, cleared FCA in the $5.1 million antitrust suit brought by a dealership that alleged FCA discriminated in its administration of its nationwide dealer incentive program under which dealers receive discounts as long as their sales volume exceeds targets based on the prior year’s sales. The dealer argued that it lost sales due to discriminatory calculations of sales bonuses that illegally favored competitors.
After a two week trial, the jury found that FCA did not discriminate against the dealership, siding with Proskauer’s argument that the lawsuit was an excuse for the dealership's failure to succeed in a highly competitive market.
The Proskauer team was led by Antitrust Group co-chair Colin Kass and included Scott Abeles, David Munkittrick, Marlynda Romero, Melissa Ihnat, Olia Golinder, Grant Horton and Henry Finkelstein.