This settlement actually consists of two partial settlements. One of them is the SIGMA Settlement and the second is the Star Settlement. The total amount of the funds from the two cases is $8,528,750. The allegation is that at any time from January 11, 2008 to June 30, 2011, there was a price fixing conspiracy in the United States. There is also an allegation that at any time from September 17, 2009 to December 31, 2013, there was monopolizaton of the market for the Ductile Iron Pile Fittings or DIPF. As a result, people ended up paying more than they should for the products. The defendants have denied any wrong doing.
For the SIGMA settlement, there are two classes. One of them is where people bought DIPF directly from the defendants. They would have bought these products at any time from January 11, 2008 to June 30, 2011. The second class is where people bought Domestic DIPF directly from McWane or SIGMA. This should have occurred at any time from September 17, 2009 to December 31, 2013. For the Star Settlement, there is only one class. This is for all those who bought DIPF directly from any defendant. This should have occurred at any time between January 11, 2008 to June 30, 2011.
In order to participate and get money from the SIGMA Star Pipe Price-Fixing Class Action Lawsuit Settlement which is known as In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings (“DIPF”) Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation, you will need to file a claim form. You will have to download a personalized claim form. This basically means that you will have to enter some information at the www.DIPFDirectSettlement.com site under the link called “Claim Form”. You will have to enter your first name, your last name, your country, your address, your city, your state and your zip. Then you will have to click on Submit Form. Your form will automatically download. It will have your claim number printed on it. It will also have your control number printed on it. In addition, it will now have bar codes. You will have to fill out the form and send it in by January 29, 2016 in order to be eligible to get money from this case. You will first have to select whether you have opted out for SIGMA or Star or both. If you have opted out of both the settlements, you should not send in the claim form. If you have not opted out of either one, then leave this blank.
You will then have to fill out Section A. Section A consists of claimant information. You will enter your name. This name will appear on the check that will be sent you. You will then enter the name of the person that you would want the Claims Administrator to contact if there are questions about your claim. If this person is you, then you can leave this blank. You will then fill out your current contact information. You will enter your street address, your city, your state and your zip. You will also enter your day time phone number and your evening phone number. You should also provide your email address. You should provide the latest information here as this is the information that the claims administrator will use to contact you if there are any questions. Then there is space for additional name and addresses. If you have any company names and addresses that you would like to provide, then please enter the names here. Also if you need additional space, you can attach additional pages.
Section B just provide information about your eligibility as a class member. Basically you must have purchased DIPF directly from SIGMA or Star or McWane. The next section is Section C. Section C is for your purchase information. You will have to provide the total cost of your purchases by year. The first part is for all DIPF purchases. The purchases are separated into McWane purchases from 2008 to 2011, SIGMA purchases from 2008 to 2011 and Star purchases from 2008 to 2011. The second part if for Domestic DIPF purchases only. Again, they will be separated by type of purchases and years. So McWane purchases will be from 2011 to 2013. Sigma purchases will be from 2011 to 2013.
Section D consists of a statement that says that when you sign the document or claim form, you are submitting to the jurisdiction of the court. The court here is the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Section E provides information for whom to contact if you have questions. For example, if you are confused about what to enter for Section C, you can contact the claims administrator. The toll free number if provided for you. Or you can contact the counsel for the plaintiffs. The names and addresses of the the counsel are provided. You can contact either one of them. The first lawyer that you can contact is Kit A. Pierson from the Cohen Milstein Selllers & Toll PLLC which is based in Washington, DC. The second lawyer you can contact is Rober N. Kaplan from the Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP law firm which is based in New York, New York.
Section F of the claim form is for a substitute IRS Form W-9. This is so that your tax information can be completed. You will enter your federal taxpayer identification number. This can be your employer identification number or you can enter your social security number. Then you will have to enter your name. Finally there is Section G of the claim form that you will have to fill out. This is basically the Certification. You are basically certifying that the information that you have provided is accurate and correct. You also certify that you have provided documentation to support your claims and that you will provide any additional documentation that may be needed. You are also certifying that you are authorized to submit the claim form on behalf of the class member. You are also certifying that you are not filing this claim form on behalf of any government entity. You are also certifying that you have not submitted any other claims regarding the same matter and that you have not asked anyone else to file a claim for you. Finally you are certifying that you agree to all the terms and conditions by signing the claim form. You will then sign and date the form. There is also other information on this case that you can obtain at www.DIPFDirectSettlement.com site. If you are not sure about anything, make sure that you contact the SIGMA Star Pipe Price-Fixing Class Action Lawsuit Settlement claims administrator.
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