DIPF Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation
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Overview of Class Action Settlement

Important Update: While the terms of the Settlements exclude federal government agencies and instrumentalities from participating as Class Members, they do not exclude municipalities or other local or state government agencies. If you have any questions regarding whether you are able to participate, please see FAQ 6, or call 1-855-907-3111.

If you Indirectly purchased Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings between January 11, 2008, and December 31, 2013, you could be eligible to receive a portion of a $2.6 million class action lawsuit.

Please read the information on this website for your legal rights and options.

To participate in the Settlements, click here to file a claim.

There are partial Proposed Settlements with two defendants, SIGMA and Star, totaling $2,646,250, in a class action lawsuit called In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings (“DIPF”) Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, which is pending in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The Proposed Settlements are partial because there is a defendant remaining in the case, and the litigation is continuing as to that defendant.

Plaintiffs claim that from at least as early as January 11, 2008, through at least as late as June 30, 2011, defendants engaged in a conspiracy to fix prices for DIPF in the United States in violation of the antitrust laws. Plaintiffs also claim that, from at least as early as September 17, 2009, through December 31, 2013, defendant McWane illegally monopolized, and defendants SIGMA and McWane conspired to restrain trade in and monopolize, the market for Domestic DIPF in the United States in violation of the antitrust laws. Plaintiffs allege they and the members of the settlement classes paid more for DIPF and Domestic DIPF than they otherwise would have paid absent Defendants’ anticompetitive conduct. Defendants deny all plaintiffs’ claims and have asserted various defenses. The Court has not made any decision as to the merits of the plaintiffs’ allegations.

Judge Thompson has decided that for purposes of the SIGMA Settlement, there are two classes:

  1. All persons or entities that reside or have a place of business in the States of Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin who or that purchased DIPF indirectly from any defendant at any time from January 11, 2008, through June 30, 2011. “Indirectly” means that you must have purchased the DIPF products from someone other than the defendant manufacturers. Purchases made directly from a defendant are not included in this lawsuit (please click here if you believe you are a direct purchaser);
  2. All persons or entities that reside or have a place of business in the States of Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin who or that purchased Domestic DIPF indirectly from McWane or SIGMA at any time from September 17, 2009, through December 31, 2013. “Indirectly” means that you must have purchased the DIPF products from someone other than the defendant manufacturers. Purchases made directly from a defendant are not included in this lawsuit (please click here if you believe you are a direct purchaser);

For purposes of the Star Settlement only, there is one class:

  1. All persons or entities that reside or have a place of business in the States of Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin who or that purchased DIPF indirectly from any defendant at any time from January 11, 2008, through June 30, 2011. “Indirectly” means that you must have purchased the DIPF products from someone other than the defendant manufacturers. Purchases made directly from a defendant are not included in this lawsuit (please click here if you believe you are a direct purchaser);

Excluded from the SIGMA and Star Settlement Classes are defendants and their parents; subsidiaries and affiliates, whether or not named as a defendant in this action; federal governmental entities; and instrumentalities of the federal government.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
DO NOTHING You do not have to take any action to remain part of the Settlement Classes. (See FAQ 22)
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM If you wish to make a claim against the settlement funds, you will need to file a Claim Form in order to receive money from the Settlements.
GO TO THE COURT’S HEARING Ask the Court for permission to speak about the SIGMA and Star Settlements, the Plan of Allocation, or the Request for Expenses. (See FAQ 21)
OBJECT Write to the Court about why you don’t like the SIGMA or Star Settlements, the Plan of Allocation, or the Request for Expenses. (See FAQ 17)
EXCLUDE YOURSELF Get no payment from the SIGMA and Star Settlements (See FAQ 12) and retain the right to sue SIGMA and Star on your own.