February 1, 2018 — A judicial panel in Miami ruled this morning that five of the antitrust cases in which Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global are defendants will be classified under the multi-district litigation and transferred to the Northern District Court in Illinois. The panel issued the ruling after listening to oral arguments from each of the players on January 25.
The ruling is a big win for CDK and Reynolds who both argued for the cases to be transferred to the Illinois court. Today’s ruling also means none of the lawsuits will go to trial this year. CDK said in an email statement, “We think this is the right decision. The Northern District of Illinois is a central, readily accessible venue for all parties, and we look forward to making a vigorous defense in that District.”
The MDL classification is a special civil procedure designed to streamline cases by consolidating pre-trial activity such as the discovery process, depositions and other court-related motions in civil cases involving similar issues and parties into one court. Once the pre-trial activity is completed, the cases then return to their original courts.
According to the court, “Centralization would eliminate the possibility of duplicative discovery, avoid the potential for inconsistent pretrial rulings on class certification and other pretrial matters, serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses, and conserve party and judicial resources.”
For more on the MDL read our report from January 8: Antitrust Lawsuits Potentially Headed to Multi-District Litigation
The five lawsuits transferred today include:
- Central District of California
MOTOR VEHICLE SOFTWARE CORPORATION v. CDK GLOBAL, INC., ET AL.,
C.A. No. 2:17-00896
- Northern District of Illinois
HARTLEY BUICK GMC TRUCK, INC. v. CDK GLOBAL, LLC, ET AL.,
C.A. No. 1:17-07827
- Southern District of Mississippi
JOHN O’NEIL JOHNSON TOYOTA, LLC v. CDK GLOBAL, LLC,
C.A. No. 3:17-00888
- District of New Jersey
TETERBORO AUTOMALL, INC. v. CDK GLOBAL, LLC, ET AL.,
C.A. No. 2:17-08714
- Western District of Wisconsin
AUTHENTICOM, INC. v. CDK GLOBAL, LLC, ET AL., C.A. No. 3:17-00318
There are four other lawsuits which the court referenced this morning saying they — and any other related cases — may also be transferred also as part of conditional transfer orders at a later date. Meanwhile, another two dealer class action lawsuits have been filed in the last two weeks bringing the total number of dealer-related cases to seven and vendor-related suits to three (not including one suit from Superior Integrated Systems in arbitration with Reynolds and CRMSuite against CDK that was settled several weeks ago).