Dow Chemical found guilty of urethane foam price-fixing

URETHANES TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL

Published: February 21, 2013 1:48 pm ET
Updated: February 21, 2013 1:51 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Legal, Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations Dow Chemical Co.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. -- Dow Chemical Co. has been ordered to pay $400 million after being found guilty of fixing the price of chemicals used to make urethane foams, according to Reuters.

Dow was one of several defendants named in a class-action lawsuit alleging conspiracy to fix chemical prices between 1999 and 2003, at a time when there was excess demand in the industry.

While the other defendants chose to settle, though did not admit any wrongdoing, Dow went to trial in Kansas City in January. The plaintiffs had sought damages for a five-year conspiracy but Dow was not found liable for the full amount of time, Reuters reported a lawyer for the company as saying.

If the $400 million verdict is sustained by the judge overseeing the case, it could be tripled under federal anti-trust law. The company will seek to dismiss the lawsuit in a post-trial motion, Reuters reported.


Comments

Dow Chemical found guilty of urethane foam price-fixing

URETHANES TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL

Published: February 21, 2013 1:48 pm ET
Updated: February 21, 2013 1:51 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Flexible film waste-to-oil pilot project continuing in California

August 19, 2014 3:19 pm ET

A recent decision to discontinue operations at a plastics waste-to-oil site in Portland, Ore., is not impacting a pilot program aimed at hard-to-...    More

Image

ISO publishes international standard for measuring phthalates in toys

August 19, 2014 10:40 am ET

The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticizers in...    More

Image

RTP expands very long fiber thermoplastic production to Mexico

August 19, 2014 9:47 am ET

RTP Co. has introduced very long fiber reinforced compounds at its Monterrey, Mexico, facility.    More

Image

Choon's Design moves ahead with patent lawsuit against Rainbow Loom rivals

August 18, 2014 1:43 pm ET

Wixom, Mich.-based Choon's Design LLC, makers of the popular Rainbow Loom bracelet making kit, will proceed with patent infringement lawsuits against ...    More

Image

Ineos takes its first step into UK shale exploration

August 18, 2014 1:15 pm ET

Ineos Group AG has moved into United Kingdom shale exploration with the purchase of BG Group’s 51 percent share of the shale section of a joint ...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events