A near $30 million settlement has been reached to resolve claims that water treatment chemicals were artificially fixed at a high price.

The settlement will benefit individuals from certain states who indirectly purchased liquid aluminum sulfate supplied by the defendants between Jan. 1, 1997 and Feb. 28, 2011.

States and territories included in the water treatment class action settlement are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Aluminum sulfate is a chemical used by many cities to treat drinking water. It may also be used by manufacturers in the paper making process.

In 2016, 19 class action lawsuits were filed against manufacturing companies accusing them of artificially raising the price of the chemical. These class action lawsuits were eventually consolidated.



According to the class action lawsuits, the companies used false bids to increase the price as part of a larger water treatment price-fixing conspiracy.

The water treatment class action lawsuit included claims against General Chemical, GenTek, Chemtrade, C&S Chemicals, USALCO, Kemira Chemicals, Southern Ionics, GEO Specialty Chemicals, American Securities LLC, and several company executives. These defendants have not admitted any wrongdoing by settling the case against them, but have agreed to pay $29.25 million.

Payment under the settlement will depend on both the number of claims filed and the dollar amount of the indirect purchase for each Class Member. Based on these factors, consumers will receive a proportional payment of the near $30 million settlement fund.

In order to benefit from the settlement, Class Members need to submit a valid claim online or through the mail by Feb. 15, 2020. The deadline for exclusion and objection is Oct. 7, 2019. The settlement’s final approval hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2019.

Who’s Eligible

Individuals from certain states and territories who indirectly purchased liquid aluminum sulfate supplied by the defendants between Jan. 1, 1997 and Feb. 28, 2011. States included in the water treatment class action settlement are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.



Potential Award

Varies depending on the total number of claims filed and the dollar amount of each Class Member’s purchases.

Proof of Purchase

Purchase documentation may be required to validate claims.

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

2/15/2020



Case Name

In re: Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antritrust Litigation, Case No. 16-md-2687, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Final Hearing

11/7/2019

Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Indirect Settlement
c/o A.B. Data Ltd.
P.O. Box 173050
Milwaukee, WI 53217
info@LiquidAluminumSulfate.com
1-866-217-4455

Class Counsel

Jay B. Shapiro
STEAMS WEAVER MILLER WEISSLER ALHADEFF & SITTERSON PA

Marvin A. Miller
MILLER LAW LLC

Defense Counsel

For American Securities:
Aaron Rubinstein
ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER LLP

For C&S Chemicals:
John D. “Randy” Dalbey
CHILIVIS COCHRAN LARKINS AND BEVER LLP

For Chemtrade:
Steven A. Reiss
Adam C. Hemlock
WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP

For GEO Speciality Chemicals:
James H. Mutchik
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP

Robert F. Ware
THOMPSON HINE

For Kemira Chemicals:
Jeffery S. Cashdan
KING & SPALDING LLP

For Southern Ionics:
John S. Mairo
Kelly D. Curtin
PORZIO BROMBERG & NEWMAN PC

For USALCO:
William F. Ryan Jr.
WHITEFORD TAYLOR & PRESTON LLP

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    I lived in Illinois during that time frame, am I allowed to file?

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