In re Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation

In re: Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Civil Action No. 2:16-md-02687 (MDL 2687)

 City of Spokane, Washington v General Chemical Corporation, United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington at Spokane, No. 2:16-cv-00010

City of Tacoma, Washington v General Chemical Corporation, United States District Court, Western District of Washington at Tacoma, No. 3:16-cv-05057

City of Sacramento, California v General Chemical Corporation, United States District Court, Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, No. 2:16-cv-00187

City of Everett, Washington v General Chemical Corporation, United States District Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle, No. 2:16-cv-00184

City of Scottsdale, Arizona v General Chemical Corporation, United States District Court, District of Arizona, No. 2:16-cv-00577

City of Mesa, Arizona v General Chemical Corporation, United States District Court, District of Arizona, No. 2:16-cv-00673

City of Phoenix, Arizona v. General Chemical Corporation, United States District Court, District of Arizona, No. 2:16-cv-01906

Case Overview

In early 2016, Keller Rohrback filed numerous class action complaints in the federal courts on behalf of several municipalities in the states of Washington, California and Arizona. These complaints contain claims against the major manufacturers of liquid aluminum sulfate (“Alum”) who are alleged to have engaged in a conspiracy to artificially inflate the price of this essential chemical used in municipal water treatment. The complaints allege a conspiracy going as far back as 1997 and through at least February 2011. As a result of these antitrust violations, municipalities – and their taxpayers – have allegedly overpaid millions of dollars to the co-conspirators for the Alum they purchased during the long life of this conspiracy.

The class action cases filed by Keller Rohrback, and many other cases with similar allegations, were consolidated in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey for pretrial activity. The litigation is now entitled In re: Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation, and is proceeding before the Honorable Jose L. Linares and Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson.

On August 22, 2016, the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs filed their Consolidated Amended Complaint.  On July 20, 2017, the Court denied Defendants motions to dismiss the consolidated amended complaint, and the case is proceeding with discovery.

Settlement Status

On July 19, 2018, the Court granted preliminary approval to a settlement with GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc. For information about that settlement, to review court-filed documents and to obtain information about the submission of a claim form, please visit the court-authorized website at www.liquidaluminumdirectsettlement.com. We urge you to review the information on that website thoroughly and completely as it contains deadlines by which you much act if you choose to do so.

The litigation against the remaining defendants is continuing.

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