Cartel Digest

Aftermarket Auto Lights

Aftermarket Auto Lights
  Overall Cartel Period 2000-2008
  Participants Sabry Lee Inc.; Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corp.
  Total Fines (DOJ) $48.2 million
  Total Fines (EC) No fines imposed

 In 2011, two companies and two executives agreed to plead guilty in connection with a global conspiracy to fix the prices of aftermarket auto lights.  In 2002, one company and two executives agreed to plead guilty.  Aftermarket auto lights serve as replacements for the original lights of a vehicle.  They are often utilized following a collision or as an accessory or upgrade.  The coconspirators met and agreed to charge prices for aftermarket auto lights at a predetermined level.  The participants then issued price announcements and price lists in accordance with those predetermined values.  The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation into this global conspiracy is ongoing.
 
Enforcement Highlights:

  • Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Depo Auto Parts Industrial Co. Ltd., a Taiwan-based aftermarket auto lights manufacturer was fined $43 million by the DOJ for its participation in the conspiracy.
Company Conspiracy Period Fine (USD) Plea Date No. of Excluded Individuals Plea Agreement
Sabry Lee Inc. 9/03-9/05 $200,000 08/30/2011 1 Plea Agreement
Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corp. 4/00-9/08 $43 million 09/12/2011 2 Plea Agreement
Eagle Eyes Traffic Industrial Co. Ltd. and E-Lite Automotive Inc. 7/01-9/08 $5 million 10/16/2012 N/A  
Individual Company Prison Sentence Fine (USD) Plea Date Plea Agreement
Chien Chung Chen, Executive VP Sabry Lee Inc. 12 Months $25,000 06/07/2011 Plea Agreement
Polo Shu-Sheng Hsu, President and CEO Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corp. 6 months $25,000 03/29/2011 Plea Agreement
Shiu-Min Hsu, Chairman (of Depo Auto Parts Industrial Co. Ltd.) Maxzone Vehicle Lighting Corp. 285 Days $35,000 03/13/2012 Plea Agreement
Homy Hong-Ming Hsu, Vice Chairman Eagle Eyes Traffic Industrial Co., Ltd. 27 Months $25,000 09/25/2012 Plea Agreement
Canada
Company Fine Date
Maxzone Auto Parts (Canada) Corp. $ 1.5 million 05/03/2012