Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation
Berger Montague represented the City and County of Denver in a case filed in the District of New Jersey on behalf of direct purchasers of liquid aluminum sulfate. On February 4, 2016, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that the consolidated action would proceed in the District of New Jersey. On April 8, 2016, the district court appointed Berger Montague to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee representing the direct purchaser plaintiffs.
On October 27, 2015, Frank A. Reichl, a former executive of General Chemical, pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to eliminate competition in the market for liquid aluminum sulfate by fixing prices, rigging bids, and allocating customers for liquid aluminum sulfate between 1997 and July 2010. On June 16, 2016, GEO Specialty Chemicals Inc. pleaded guilty for its role in the conspiracy and agreed to pay a $5 million criminal fine. On January 3, 2018, another former executive of General Chemical, Brian Steppig, pleaded guilty.
On December 3, 2018, the Court granted final approval of settlements totaling $10.1 million with Defendants GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc, Kenneth Ghazey, and Brian Steppig. On April 22, 2019, the Court granted final approval of a settlement totaling $3.8 million with Defendant Kemira Chemicals, Inc. and settlements totaling $51 million with Defendants Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund, General Chemical Corporation, General Chemical LLC, General Chemical Performance Products, LLC, Chemtrade Chemicals Corporation, Chemtrade Chemicals US LLC, and Chemtrade Solutions, along with former Chemtrade employees Alex Avraamides, Frank Reichl, Amita Gupta, and Vincent Opalewski. On April 18, 2019, direct purchaser plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement with American Securities LLC in the amount of $13 million. On April 24, 2019, the Court granted preliminary approval of settlements totaling $6.1 million with Defendant USALCO, LLC and settlements totaling $6.5 million with Defendant Southern Ionics Incorporated.
Lead Attorneys: Ruthanne Gordon, Candice J. Enders