June 25, 2009
A status conference was held on June 17 regarding the antitrust
class action suit charging several U. S. flat glass manufacturers
with price fixing. According to court documents, during the conference
plaintiffs received transactional data from all defendants except
Guardian, who will provide date prior to the next conference, scheduled
for September 10, 2009, at 2 p.m.
Plaintiffs will file a motion and brief regarding the European
Union submission by July 3; defendants must respond by July 17.
Regarding Electronically Stored Information discovery, the parties
must report to the court by July 1 if they agree to this format
and scope. If there is disagreement counsel will propose a briefing
schedule. Parties will report on where they are with the search
terms at the September conference.
The deadline for amending pleadings/adding parties was extended
from August 3, 2009 to October 2, 2009.
A total of 13 attorneys representing both the defendants and several
of the plaintiffs were in attendance at last week's meeting. Plaintiffs
include Maran-Wurzell Glass & Mirror, Gilkey Window Co. Inc.,
Greenwood Glass Co., Thermo Twin Industries Inc., as well as many
HERE for related story, including a full list of plaintiffs.)
The defendants are: AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc. (collectively
AGC); Guardian Industries Corp.; Pilkington North America Inc.,
Pilkington Holding Inc. (together, Pilkington); and PPG.
Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers agreed to raise and fix
prices "through a combination of collusive energy surcharges
and price increases."
The manufacturers previously had motioned for the judge to dismiss
the suit-and the motion was denied in February.
HERE for full report from the status conference.
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