Cedar Shakes and Shingles Antitrust Litigation
Liebo, et al., v Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau, Walden Forest Products, Ltd., Anbrook Industries, Ltd., and G&R Cedar Ltd.
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Case No. 2:19-cv-00288
On February 27, 2019, Keller Rohrback and Co-counsel filed a class action complaint alleging major manufacturers within the industry colluded to fix prices on cedar shakes and shingles in the United States and Canada as far back as January 1, 2011 and continuing up to the present. On June 21, 2019, Keller Rohrback was appointed Interim Co-lead Counsel for a class of End Users, i.e., people who purchased shakes and shingles for their own use and not for resale. The Second Amended Class Action Complaint was filed on August 27, 2020.
Cedar shakes are most commonly used for roofing projects and have a rustic appearance. Cedar shingles have a more uniform and even thickness and frequently appear as siding, and sometimes also as roofing. At issue in the case are the 95% of cedar shakes and shingles that are sold under the Certi-Label of the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB). The CSSB is the trade association for the cedar shake and shingles industry. Plaintiffs allege competition was stifled by the manufacturers of Certi-Labeled shakes and shingles coming together within this association. Plaintiffs allege that anybody who had purchased these Certi-Label shakes or shingles will have paid more than they would have if there had been a competitive market.
On February 20, 2020, Judge Marsha J. Pechman granted the Defendants’ motions to dismiss the Second Amended Complaint. Plaintiffs decided to appeal the district court decision and filed a Notice of Appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 19, 2020.
Order Appointing Interim Co-Lead Counsel – 06/21/2019