Cases & Investigations

Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation


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.

Berger Montague represents 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 will proceed in the District of New Jersey. On April 8, 2016, the district court appointed Berger Montague to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. Discovery in this case is proceeding.

Lead Attorneys: H. Laddie Montague, Jr., Ruthanne Gordon

Lead Attorneys

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H. Laddie Montague Jr.

Chair Emeritus & Managing Shareholder
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Ruthanne Gordon

Chief Administrative Officer & Shareholder

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