Firm Sues U-Haul Due to Unfair Price Fixing Efforts with Competitors

By: Karl Kronenberger

The law firm of Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against U-Haul International, Inc. on May 11, 2012.  The case is entitled, Mary Bottorff v. Americo and U-Haul International, Inc., District Court for the Eastern District of California, Case No. 2:12-at-00701.  This new class action lawsuit is filed in the wake of an FTC action filed against U-Haul, entitled, In the Matter of U-Haul Int’l Inc. and AMERCO, FTC File No. 081-0157.  The FTC alleged that between approximately September 2006 and September 2008 U-Haul engaged in an unlawful effort to conspire with their competitors regarding the price of one-way truck rentals.

The new California class action complaint alleges that U-Haul’s unlawful efforts to collude, as detailed previously by the FTC, substantially increased the price of one-way truck rentals nationwide, including in the State of California, thus causing damages to California plaintiff Mary Borttorff and the members of the class, in violation of California law.  The new class action lawsuit defines the “Class” as, “all persons who purchased one-way truck rentals from Defendants for transportation to, from or within the State of California between September 2006 and September 2008.  A copy of the new class action complaint is available here.

The firm is still actively investigating U-Haul in other states and encourages victims of U-Haul’s unfair pricing policies to contact the firm through our online contact form available here, or by calling the firm at (415) 955-1155, ext. 120.

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