Five federal antitrust civil lawsuits against CDK Global Inc., Reynolds and Reynolds Co. and their joint company, Computerized Vehicle Registration, have been centralized and transferred to the Northern District of Illinois.
Over the past year, CDK, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., outside of Chicago, and Reynolds, of Dayton, Ohio, have come under increasing legal fire. At least four dealership vendors — Cox Automotive, Authenticom, Motor Vehicle Software Corp. and Superior Integrated Solutions — have sued CDK, Reynolds or both companies for antitrust violations.
In addition, at least four dealership groups have filed lawsuits seeking class-action status.
The consolidation of the suits, according to the transfer order, would "eliminate the possibility of duplicate discovery and 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."
The five actions named in the order are widespread: in California, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey and Wisconsin.