In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Case No. 1:10-md-02196-JZ
This claim, filed under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, concerns allegations of a conspiracy to raise prices for polyurethane foam, a product with many uses, including carpet underlay. As a result of this activity, the plaintiffs paid artificially higher prices for polyurethane foam than absent the conspiracy, sums they sought to recover through this lawsuit.
In April 2014 the court certified a nationwide class of direct purchasers of flexible polyurethane foam from the defendants. The court subsequently largely denied multiple motions filed by defendants seeking to have the case dismissed before trial.
All defendants have now settled all claims with the class of direct purchasers of polyurethane foam. In total, over $400 million was collected and distributed to the class.
All persons or entities that purchased flexible polyurethane foam (but excluding molded foam) directly from Defendants and/or their co-conspirators from January 1, 1999 to July 31, 2010 for purchase from or delivery into the United States.
Consolidated Amended Complaint – 02/28/11
Order re Settlements and Class Notice – 11/06/2014