Recently, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized the six current class action suits to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for further adjudication.
According to the panel of Judges, “On the basis of the papers filed and the hearing session held, we find that these actions involve common questions of fact, and that centralization under Section 1407 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of this litigation.”
The suits arose after the defendants, USG Corporation; United States Gypsum Company; L&W Supply Corporation; New NGC. Inc.; Spangler Companies, Inc.; CertainTeed Corporation; Georgia-Pacific LLC; American GypsumCompany LLC; LaFargeNorthAmerica, Inc.; TIN, Inc. d/b/a Temple Inland, Inc.; and PABCO Building Products LLC. were accused of price fixing and raising prices.
There are over a dozen of these suits now listed in the Eastern District Court docket. It will be interesting to see how this progresses since there is some indication that the increased demand for the materials might cause another price increase next year.
As we reported earlier, drywall prices increased over 50% over the last two years.