CertainTeed Escapes Drywall Price-Fixing MDL

Law360, Wilmington (February 18, 2016, 7:24 PM EST) -- CertainTeed ducked multidistrict price-fixing litigation in Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday when a judge said the drywall manufacturer proved it didn't communicate with competitors before raising its prices 35 percent in 2012.

In a 161-page opinion that quoted Winston Churchill and referenced the works of Mozart and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson granted CertainTeed's motion for summary judgment, citing voluminous testimony from employees and customers showing the company raised prices in response to — and not in collusion with — its competitors in 2012. Claims against four other domestic drywall makers survived.

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