Viega Copper Fittings Antitrust Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves a class action that made antitrust allegations against Viega, LLC. The complaint claimed that the company would only sell its carbon steel press fittings to distributors who signed an agreement that they would not carry its competitors’ copper fittings. According to the complaint, this resulted in plumbers paying higher prices to buy copper fittings.

Docket Number:

1:19-cv-00159

Company: Viega LLC

Filing Deadline: March 1, 2022

Class Period: January 29, 2015 to September 18, 2020

Objection Deadline: November 30, 2020

Exclusion Deadline: November 30, 2020

Final Approval Hearing: December 17, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide proof of purchase, such as a distributor or wholesaler invoice or receipt, or proof of purchase provided by a distributor or wholesaler specifying (1) the purchase price of the Viega copper press fittings, (2) that you are the one who bought them, (3) the date of purchase (during the appropriate period), (4) the item or product you bought and the price, (5) the supplier, and (6) proof of payment. Note that you may be able to obtain proof of purchase from the distributor who sold you the items.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you bought Viega ProPress copper press fittings indirectly, from a wholesale distributor in the US, between January 29, 2015 and September 18, 2020. You must also have your place of business in, or have bought the fittings in one of the following places: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, Vest Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Note that there are two forms which you may use to submit claims.
(1) The Claim Form is for those making claims on copper fittings bought in the class period set forth above. The deadline for submitting Claim Forms is December 15, 2020.
(2) The Rebate Form is for those who want to claim rebates for purchases made between December 18, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Forms for those purchases may be submitted from approximately January 1, 2022. The deadline to submit Rebate Forms is approximately March 1, 2022.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Claim Forms: Payment from the Cash Settlement Fund, up to 25% of their total eligible purchases of the copper fittings. Rebate Forms: Payment from the Rebate Program, capped at $500.

Total Settlement Amount: $10 million in the Cash Settlement Fund; up to $5 million for the Rebate Program

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$2,000

Law Firms:
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
Pritzker Levine LLP
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz
Zwerling Schachter and Zwerling LLP

Claim Form: Viega Copper Fittings Antitrust Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Al’s Discount Plumbing et al. v. Viega LLC

Settlement Website: Viega Copper Fittings Antitrust Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Class Action & Claims Solutions, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Al’s Discount Plumbing v. Viega LLC
Settlement Administrator – Epiq
P.O. Box 3968
Portland, OR 97208-3968
1-866-977-1135

Tags: Antitrust, Requiring Consumer to Pay Higher Prices