Mississippi Companies Sue Lumber Manufacturers for Alleged Price Fixing During Pandemic

David B. Turner Builders LLC and New England Construction LLC, both Mississippi-based companies, have filed a lawsuit against ten lumber manufacturers in the United States for allegedly conspiring to increase lumber prices by over 100% during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs claim that the defendants used their dominant position in the industry to fix prices and force indirect purchasers like themselves to pay exorbitant amounts for lumber. However, the district court dismissed the case due to lack of evidence of an agreement or conspiracy between the defendants and because the plaintiffs were considered indirect purchasers. New England Construction has appealed the decision, arguing that they have factual evidence to support their claims and should have had an opportunity for discovery before dismissal. Read more >>> 22-60329.0.pdf (uscourts.gov)