Jeld-Wen: four glass manufacturers accused of price fixing

In a complaint filed 28 March in the US District Court for the District of Oregon, Medford Division, Jeld-Wen, an international manufacturer of doors, windows, millwork and speciality wood products, a…

In a complaint filed 28 March in the US District Court for the District of Oregon, Medford Division, Jeld-Wen, an international manufacturer of doors, windows, millwork and speciality wood products, alleged that AGC Flat Glass North America; Guardian Industries; Pilkington North America; and PPG Industries; contracted, conspired or combined to fix, raise, maintain or stabilize prices of, and allocate business for, flat glass they sold in the United States during the claim period, from 1 January 2002 until at least 31 December 2006. As a consequence, Jeld-Wen was obliged to pay inflated prices“ for approximately USD 100 million in glass products that the company bought directly from the defendants. According to the complaint from Jeld-Wen: “Beginning at least as early as 1 January 2002, defendants agreed to and did fix, raise and maintain the prices of Flat Glass purchased by Jeld-Wen during the Claim Period by imposing identical surcharges, such as energy surcharges“ and representing that these surcharges were necessary to offset increased prices of natural gas and electricity, when in fact, defendants“ energy costs were not uniform and these surcharges“ were a ruse to allow them to raise prices. In addition, defendants announced and implemented a series of price increases during the Claim Period, pursuant to the conspiracy alleged herein”.