In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings (DIPF) Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Product:Ductile iron pipe fittings (“DIPF”), which are used to join pipes, valves and hydrants and to direct the flow of water within municipal water and wastewater systems.
Class Period Start:January 11, 2008
Berger & Montague represents proposed classes of direct
purchasers in this antitrust action alleging that Defendants
engaged in price-fixing and other anticompetitive conduct between
January 2008 and the present that artificially increased prices for
During the early part of the relevant time period, from January
2008 through at least May 2009, Plaintiffs allege that Defendants
McWane, Inc., Sigma Corporation, and Star Pipe Products, Ltd.
participated in a conspiracy to fix, raise, maintain and stabilize
prices for DIPF, including domestic and imported DIPF.
Plaintiffs allege that, beginning in 2009, McWane unlawfully
maintained its monopoly power for domestic DIPF by entering into a
distribution agreement with Sigma that eliminated Sigma as a
potential competitor in the market for domestic DIPF.
Plaintiffs further allege that McWane adopted and enforced
exclusive dealing and rebate policies to unlawfully maintain its
monopoly in the market for domestic DIPF market.
A Consolidated Amended Complaint was filed on July 11, 2012.