In re Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation
Civil Action No. 16-md-2687
If You Purchased Liquid Aluminum Sulfate From January 1, 1997 Through February 28, 2011, You Could Get Money From Class Action Settlements Totaling Up To $33.625 Million
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A lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (“the Court”) against the following Defendants: General Chemical Corporation, General Chemical Performance Products, LLC, General Chemical LLC, GenTek Inc., Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund, Chemtrade Logistics Inc., Chemtrade Chemicals Corporation, Chemtrade Chemicals US, LLC, Chemtrade Solutions, LLC, C&S Chemicals, Inc., USALCO, LLC, Kemira Chemicals, Inc., Southern Ionics Incorporated, GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Frank A. Reichl, Vincent J. Opalewski, Alexis Palvlos Avraamides, Amita Gupta, Milton Sundbeck, Kenneth A. Ghazey, Brian C. Steppig, American Securities LLC, Matthew Lebaron, and Scott Wolff. Plaintiffs, City of Homestead, Florida and City of Creston Water Works Department (the “Indirect Purchaser Class Plaintiffs”), in the lawsuit claim that Defendants hurt competition and violated the antitrust, consumer protection, and other laws of certain states and territories by allocating customers and markets and fixing the price of liquid aluminum sulfate (“Alum”), thereby causing indirect purchasers to pay too much for Alum in those states and territories. Defendants deny any wrongdoing. Defendants General Chemical Corporation, General Chemical Performance Products, LLC, General Chemical LLC, GenTek Inc., Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund, Chemtrade Logistics Inc., Chemtrade Chemicals Corporation, Chemtrade Chemicals US, LLC, Chemtrade Solutions, LLC, C&S Chemicals, Inc., USALCO, LLC, Kemira Chemicals, Inc., Southern Ionics Incorporated, Frank A. Reichl, Vincent J. Opalewski, Alexis Palvlos Avraamides, Amita Gupta, Milton Sundbeck, American Securities LLC, Matthew Lebaron, and Scott Wolff will be referred to collectively, for purposes of this Notice, as the “Settling Defendants.” An earlier settlement was reached between the Indirect Purchaser Class Plaintiffs and Defendants GEO Specialty Chemicals Inc., Kenneth A. Ghazey, and Brian C. Steppig and was granted final approval by the Court. The Settlement Funds of that settlement will be added to and become part of these Settlements. The Indirect Purchaser Settlement Classes are defined as:
All persons or entities in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin (the “Indirect Purchaser States”), who indirectly purchased Alum, not for resale, which was manufactured, produced, or supplied by Defendants or their unnamed co-conspirators from January 1, 1997, through February 28, 2011. Excluded from the Indirect Purchaser Settling Classes are Defendants and co-conspirators and their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates. The Settlements described in this Notice pertain only to indirect purchasers of Alum. There is another lawsuit pending in the same Court that was brought on behalf of direct purchasers, which are entities that purchased Alum directly from a Defendant. The direct purchasers have also reached settlements with the Settling Defendants.
|Your Legal Rights and Options in These Settlements|
|Submit a Claim Form||To receive money from the Settlement Funds, you will need to file a Claim Form by February 15, 2020. (See the Notice for additional details)|
|Exclude Yourself from the Settlement Classes||This option allows you to exclude yourself from any or all of these Settlements and instead file a lawsuit against the Settling Defendants that asserts claims related to the allegations or claims in this case. The exclusion deadline is October 7, 2019. (See the Notice for additional details)|
|Object to the Settlements||Do not exclude yourself. Write to the Court and explain what you do not like about any of these Settlements. The objection deadline is October 7, 2019. (See the Notice for additional details)|
|Go to a Hearing||Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlements. Your notice of intention to appear at the Final Approval Hearing must be postmarked no later than October 7, 2019. (See the Notice for additional details)|
|Do Nothing||Give up rights to be part of any other lawsuit that asserts claims related to the allegations or claims against the Settling Defendants in this case.|
Deadline to Exclude Yourself from the Settlements
Deadline to Object to the Settlements
Final Approval Hearing
Claim Filing Deadline