Earth Times reports that Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, a national law firm with an office in Bonita Springs, has been contacted by various individuals and entities in Florida regarding allegations that companies involved in the direct sale of cement and concrete have engaged in price fixing. Reporters say, the firm is investigating these price fixing allegations, and is offering free case evaluations to anyone who may have been a victim of such practices.
According to the reports received by Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, various firms may have colluded to eliminate competition in the markets for cement and concrete by charging artificially high prices for these products in Florida and elsewhere from at least January 1, 2000 to the present. It has been alleged that this conspiracy was facilitated through in-person meetings, telephone conversations, and other communications.
A class action lawsuit alleging such price fixing was filed on October 30, 2009 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The lawsuit names Cemex Corp., Florida Rock Industries, Inc., Holcim (US), Inc, Lafarge North America, Inc, Lehigh Cement Company, Suwannee American Cement LLC, Titan America LLC and Votorantim Cimentos North America, Inc, Oldcastle Materials, as well as their wholly owned subsidiaries, as defendants. The lawsuit seeks class action status to benefit all individuals or entities that directly purchased Portland Cement or Ready Mix Concrete in Florida.