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The Drywall class action alleges that the Defendants unlawfully conspired to fix, increase, and/or maintain the price of Drywall sold in North America.

Settlements have been achieved with all defendants totalling $1.1 million.

In accordance with the terms of the Court approved Distribution Protocol, only Class Members with purchase of at least $5,000,000 of Drywall from the Defendants between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 are eligible to make a claim.

The Claims Administrator has sent notice directly to qualifying Class Members. If you have received a notice, the deadline to submit your claim is February 18, 2021.

All inquiries related to the claims process may be direct to the Claims Administrator at: 1-888-729-5723 or [email protected]

Developments

Settlements

Settlements were reached with the following defendants, totalling $1,142,150:

  • TIN Inc. (“TIN”);
  • Lafarge North America Inc. et Lafarge Canada Inc. (“Lafarge”);
  • New NGC, Inc. (“New NGC”);
  • Pabco Building Products, LLC (“Pabco”);
  • USG Corporation, United States Gypsum Company et CGC Inc. (“USG”); and
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC et GP Canada Operations Holding ULC (“Georgia-Pacific”).

All the settlements were approved by the courts of Ontario, British Columbia and/or Quebec. The courts have also approved the distribution protocol. A copy of the distribution protocol can be found here.

Discontinuance

By order dated February 13, 2014, the action was discontinued in Ontario against the defendant American Gypsum Company LLC et Eagle Materials Inc.

By order dated December 19, 2019, the action was discontinued in Ontario against the defendant Certainteed. A similar order was rendered on February 14, 2020 in Quebec.

FAQs

FAQs

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the Drywall class action?

You are affected by the class action and are a “member” of the class if you are a person in Canada who purchased at least $5,000,000 of Drywall from the Defendants between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action unless you “opt-out” (exclude yourself from the class action).

Can I opt-out of the class action?

The time to opt-out of the class action has passed.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the Get in Touch form below.

Settlements

Settlements were reached with the following defendants, totalling $1,142,150:

  • TIN Inc. (“TIN”);
  • Lafarge North America Inc. et Lafarge Canada Inc. (“Lafarge”);
  • New NGC, Inc. (“New NGC”);
  • Pabco Building Products, LLC (“Pabco”);
  • USG Corporation, United States Gypsum Company et CGC Inc. (“USG”); and
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC et GP Canada Operations Holding ULC (“Georgia-Pacific”).

All the settlements were approved by the courts of Ontario, British Columbia and/or Quebec. The courts have also approved the distribution protocol. A copy of the distribution protocol can be found here.

Discontinuance

By order dated February 13, 2014, the action was discontinued in Ontario against the defendant American Gypsum Company LLC et Eagle Materials Inc.

By order dated December 19, 2019, the action was discontinued in Ontario against the defendant Certainteed. A similar order was rendered on February 14, 2020 in Quebec.

FAQs

What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the Drywall class action?

You are affected by the class action and are a “member” of the class if you are a person in Canada who purchased at least $5,000,000 of Drywall from the Defendants between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action unless you “opt-out” (exclude yourself from the class action).

Can I opt-out of the class action?

The time to opt-out of the class action has passed.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the Get in Touch form below.