Cases & Investigations

In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litigation

CASE NUMBER: 13-2437
PRACTICE AREAS: Antitrust
PRODUCT: Drywall (also known as gypsum board, wallboard, sheetrock or plasterboard)
CASE STATUS: Settled
SETTLEMENT AMOUNT: $190.7 million
COURT: Eastern District of Pennsylvania
CLASS PERIOD START DATE: January 1, 2012
CLASS PERIOD END DATE: January 31, 2013

Berger & Montague served as Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of a class of direct purchasers of drywall, in a case alleging that the dominant manufacturers of drywall engaged in a conspiracy to fix drywall prices in the U.S. and to abolish the industry’s long-standing practice of limiting price increases for the duration of a construction project through “job quotes.”

Berger & Montague represented a class of direct purchasers of drywall from defendants for the period from January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013. USG Corporation and United States Gypsum Company (collectively, “USG”), New NGC, Inc., Lafarge North America Inc., Eagle Materials, Inc., American Gypsum Company LLC, TIN Inc. d/b/a Temple-Inland Inc., and PABCO Building Products, LLC were named as defendants in this action.

On August 20, 2015, the district court granted final approval of two settlements—one with USG and the other with TIN Inc.—totaling $44.5 million. On December 8, 2016, the district court granted final approval of a $21.2 million settlement with Lafarge North America, Inc.

On February 18, 2016, the district court denied the motions for summary judgment filed by American Gypsum Company, New NGC, Inc., Lafarge North America Inc., and PABCO Building Products. On August 23, 2017, the district court granted direct purchaser plaintiffs’ motion for class certification.

On January 29, 2018, the district court granted preliminary approval a of joint settlement with the remaining defendants, New NGC, Inc., Eagle Materials, Inc., American Gypsum Company LLC, and PABCO Building Products, LLC, for $125 million. The settlement received final approval on July 17, 2018, bringing the total amount of settlements for the class to $190.7 million.

Lead Attorneys

H. Laddie Montague Jr. Headshot

H. Laddie Montague Jr.

Chairman Emeritus & Managing Shareholder
Eric L. Cramer Headshot

Eric L. Cramer

Managing Shareholder
Ruthanne Gordon Headshot

Ruthanne Gordon

Shareholder
Michael Dell'Angelo Headshot

Michael C. Dell'Angelo

Shareholder
Candice Enders Headshot

Candice J. Enders

Shareholder
Caitlin Coslett Headshot

Caitlin G. Coslett

Shareholder

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