On March 7, 2017, Kiekert AG, an automotive parts manufacturer based in Heiligenhaus, Germany, agreed to plead guilty in the Eastern District of Michigan and to pay a $6.1 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to rig bids of side-door latches and latch minimodules installed in cars in violation of the Sherman Act.  According to court documents, from September 2008 through May 2013, Kiekert participated in a conspiracy with another major auto parts producer to eliminate competition by agreeing to allocate sales, rig bids and fix prices for auto parts sold to Ford Motor Company.  In addition to Kiekert, 48 companies and 65 executives have been charged in the division’s ongoing investigation into auto parts conspiracies.  United States v. Kiekert AG, 17 Cr. 20139 (E.D. Mich.). DOJ Press Release