A U.S. district court judge recently entered an order dismissing all class action lawsuits against the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau (CSSB) and other defendants regarding price-fixing claims, according to the CCSB.
In February 2019, S&W Forest Products, Ltd., Maple Ridge, BC, filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in Seattle against CCSB; Anbrook Industries Ltd., Pitt Meadows, BC; and Waldun Forest Products Ltd., Maple Ridge.
S&W Forest Products alleged it was wrongfully terminated as a CSSB member in December 2018 in violation of U.S. antitrust laws because it had refused to join a price-fixing conspiracy led by the defendants that included other CSSB mill members.
Based on these allegations, four class action lawsuits were filed in U.S courts in Seattle and New York City against the defendants and G&R Cedar, Ltd., Chilliwack, BC, alleging they and all CSSB mill members other than S&W Forest Products had conspired to fix their prices since at least 2011. All of the suits were consolidated.
In February, U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman entered an order dismissing all lawsuits with prejudice, holding the plaintiffs were unable to allege any direct or circumstantial evidence of price fixing by CSSB or any of its members.