LIQUID ALUMINUM SULFATE ANTITRUST LITIGATION - GEO DIRECT PURCHASER SETTLEMENT

CIVIL ACTION NO. 16-MD-2687 (JLL) (JAD)

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY

UPDATE: The time of the Court’s Fairness Hearing has changed to 9:00 a.m. on November 14, 2018


If You Purchased Liquid Aluminum Sulfate In The United States Directly From A Defendant From January 1, 1997 Through February 28, 2011, You Could Be Affected By A Proposed Class Action Settlement

  • The information contained on this web page is only a summary of information presented in more detail in the Notice. Because this website is just a summary, you should review the Notice for additional details.

  • This lawsuit involves liquid aluminum sulfate or “Alum.” Alum is a chemical utilized by municipalities and industries for a variety of uses including, inter alia, treating drinking water, controlling algae in lakes and ponds, treating wastewater, manufacturing paper and pulp and fixing dyes to textiles. The Direct Purchaser Class Plaintiffs allege that the GEO Settling Parties (i.e., GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc. ("GEO"), Kenneth A. Ghazey and Brian C. Stepply) participated in a conspiracy – with other Defendants in the Action and unnamed co-conspirators – to allocate territories and/or to not compete for each other’s historical business by rigging bids, allocating customers and fixing, stabilizing, and maintaining the price of Alum sold in the United States from January 1, 1997 to at least February 28, 2011 in violation of the federal antitrust laws. The GEO Settling Parties deny all of these claims and have asserted various defenses to the claims. The Court has not made any decision as to the merits of Direct Purchaser Class Plaintiffs’ claims against the GEO Settling Parties because the Parties have agreed to settle these claims.

  • This Settlement pertains only to direct purchasers of Alum (i.e., those that purchased Alum in the United States directly from a Defendant). There is another lawsuit pending in the same Court that was brought on behalf of indirect purchasers, which are entities that purchased Alum from distributors or from other direct purchasers. The indirect purchasers have also reached a settlement with the GEO Settling Parties. Information about the indirect purchaser settlement can be found by visiting the website www.LiquidAluminumSulfate.com.

  • The Court still has to decide whether to finally approve the Settlement. Approval of the Settlement by the Court will resolve the lawsuit against the GEO Settling Parties only. The lawsuit is continuing against the other Defendants in the Action.

  • Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act. The Notice includes important information about the lawsuit and the Settlement.


A SUMMARY OF YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM POSTMARKED OR RECEIVED, OR SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM ONLINE, NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 17, 2018

If you wish to make a claim against the Settlement Funds, you will need to submit a Claim Form in order to be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement. The portion, if any, of the Settlement Funds to be allocated to you will be calculated on a pro rata basis based on your eligible purchases of Alum. Click here for more information on submitting a Claim Form.

ASK TO BE EXCLUDED BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 2, 2018

If you ask to be excluded from the Direct Purchaser Settlement Class and the Court approves the Settlement, you will not receive any money from the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against any of the GEO Settling Parties for the claims in this case. Click here for more information on excluding yourself.

OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN OBJECTION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 2, 2018

If you do not like the Settlement, or any part of it, you may write to the Court and explain why you do not like the Settlement. You can only object to the Settlement if you are a Direct Purchaser Settlement Class Member and you do not exclude yourself. Click here for more information on objecting.

GO TO THE COURT’S FINAL FAIRNESS HEARING ON NOVEMBER 14, 2018

If you submit a written objection, you may (but you do not have to) attend the hearing and, at the discretion of the Court, speak to the Court about your objection. Click here for more information about the Fairness Hearing.

DO NOTHING

You do not have to take any action to remain part of the Direct Purchaser Settlement Class. However, by doing nothing, you give up any rights to sue the GEO Settling Parties about the claims in this case and you will not receive a payment from the Settlement. Click here for more information.


These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice. Click here to read the Notice. Click here to view answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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