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Homebuilders’ Antitrust Action Against Drywall Manufacturers

Strange & Butler has been retained by twelve of the nation’s largest homebuilders – Ashton Woods, Beazer, D.R. Horton, Hovnanian, KB Home, Meritage Homes, M/I Homes, Pulte Homes, Drees Company, CalAtlantic Group, Toll Brothers, and TRI Pointe Homes – to represent them in a complex antitrust action against eight drywall manufacturers, who collectively control the U.S. market for drywall, based on an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the drywall industry.  The matter is captioned Ashton Woods Holdings, L.L.C. et al. v. USG Corporation et al. and is currently pending before Judge Baylson in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  

In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation:

Strange & Butler is advising a range of corporations in connection with non-class recoveries from Visa, MasterCard, and their member banks based on alleged anticompetitive conduct in the payment card industry. The related class litigation is pending in the Eastern District of New York.

In re American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation:

Strange & Butler is advising a range of corporations in connection with non-class recoveries from American Express based on alleged anticompetitive conduct in the payment card industry. The related class litigation is pending in the Eastern District of New York.

Strange & Butler has been retained by major merchants to handle their claims in this matter.

In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation:

Strange & Butler has been appointed by Judge Katherine B. Forrest to serve as Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of a class of Consumer End Users of aluminum products who are alleged to have suffered damages arising from federal and state antitrust violations in connection with aluminum market manipulations by Goldman Sachs, the London Metals Exchange, and others.  The case is pending in the Southern District of New York.

Kickflip, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc.:  Kickflip Defeats Facebook's Motion to Dismiss:

On September 27, 2013, the Honorable Leonard P. Stark of the U.S. District Court of Delaware denied Facebook, Inc.'s motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint in Kickflip, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc., Case Number 12-cv-01369.  Judge Stark upheld all of Plaintiff Kickflip's claims, including monopolization, unlawful tying and tortious interference.  Plaintiff Kickflip contends Facebook engaged in a course of conduct to eliminate its competition by exploiting its dominant social-game network by, among other conduct, banning all developers on Facebook from using any virtual-currency services other than Credits.  Since then, Facebook has received billions of dollars that would have otherwise gone to the competition, including Kickflip.
Memorandum Opinion in Kickflip v. Facebook
Law 360 - Facebook Can't Shake Virtual Currency Company's Monopoly Suit
NLJ - Facebook Faces Antitrust Claims Over Virtual Currency

In re Google, Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation:

Strange & Butler has been appointed as Interim Co-Lead Counsel by the Honorable Sue L. Robinson in a privacy class action on behalf of users of Apple or Microsoft web browsers who visited websites that deployed third-party tracking cookies from Google, Inc. The case is pending in the District of Delaware.

In re Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Security Breach Litigation:

Strange & Butler has been appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee of this Multi-District Litigation, a class action on behalf of all persons or entities that have or had a PlayStation Network, Qriocity and/or Sony Online Entertainment account containing Financial, Personal ID or Usage Data at the time Defendants suffered a security breach on or about April 17-19, 2011. This action arises from Defendants' failure adequately to safeguard certain financial, personal identification, and related data belonging to Plaintiffs and others similarly situated who provided this data as part of Defendants' PlayStation Network and Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services. Plaintiffs allege that as a result of Defendants' actions and omissions, unauthorized third parties breached Defendants' security systems and were able to access the Financial, Personal ID and Usage Data of an estimated 101 million users. The honorable Anthony J. Battaglia granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement on July 10, 2014.

In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation:

Strange & Butler has been appointed by Judge Jack Zouhary to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in a multidistrict antitrust litigation involving allegations of price fixing in the sale of polyurethane foam. The firm represents a class of direct purchasers products containing foam, such as mattresses, pillows, furniture, auto seats, and carpet cushion. The case is pending in the Northern District of Ohio.

Plaintiffs have recently announced two settlements totaling 147 million dollars with two defendants in the case. The remainder of the case settled one week prior to trial which was set for March 31, 2015. The remaining settlements will be filed with the Court shortly.

In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation:

Strange & Butler is advising a range of corporations in connection with non-class recoveries from defendant manufacturers of lithium ion batteries based on alleged anticompetitive conduct.  The related class litigation is pending in the Northern District of California.

In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation:

Strange & Butler is involved in a multidistrict antitrust litigation involving allegations of price fixing in various markets for automobile parts.  The firm represents a class of consumer end users of automobile parts.  The case is pending in the Eastern District of Michigan.






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