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Plywood Patch in the Courts

Plywood manufacturer accuses polyurethane patch business of antitrust violations

BATON ROUGE — A Louisiana plywood manufacturer is suing an Oregon polyurethane patch manufacturer, alleging violation of antitrust law.

Engineered Polyurethane Patching Systems filed a lawsuit April 11 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against The Willamette Valley Company of Eugene, Oregon, alleging violation of the Sherman Act and the Louisiana Antitrust Statute.

According to the complaint, Engineered Polyurethane has suffered significant monetary loss and was forced out of business because Willamette Valley engaged in predatory pricing in order to achieve and/or maintain its monopoly in the patch product market, entered into illegal tying agreements resulting in a restraint of trade and required that the plaintiff enter into a non-compete agreement.

Engineered Polyurethane seeks a trial by jury, compensation for all damages, attorney fees, all costs and other such relief as the deems proper. It is represented by attorneys Joseph R. Ward Jr. of Ward & Condrey LLC in Covington, and Stacy R. Palowsky of Palowsky Law LLC in Madisonville.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 3:16-cv-00227