Shops Move for Consolidation of Price-Fixing Suits
The plaintiffs in a class-action price-fixing suit have filed a
motion requesting that all pending and later-filed anti-trust actions
relating to a conspiracy to fix prices in the flat glass market
be consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania. The motion was filed by counsel for Draper's Auto
Glass, Jackson Glass Co. Inc. and Colonial Glass Solutions in the
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in
February before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
HERE for related story.)
The plaintiffs claim that the Pennsylvania court is the most appropriate
forum for coordination and consolidation of the actions as three
of the pending cases were filed there, and the suit filed by Draper
et al was the first of all the cases filed. Likewise, they argue
that because one of the defendants, PPG Industries Inc., is located
in close proximity to the court, it is a "locus of witnesses and
Finally, the claimants allege that this action is sensible as several
of the defendants, which include Nippon Sheet Glass, Saint-Gobain,
Asahi Glass Co. and Guardian Industries, have international offices,
Philadelphia is a central location with an international airport,
making it convenient for all parties.
On February 21, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed Pilkington
plc from the case, which originally was filed in early December.
HERE for the full text of the motion regarding consolidation.
HERE for full text of document voluntarily dismissing Pilkington
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