What are molded interior doors?
Molded interior doors have been developed as a less expensive alternative to solid wood doors traditionally used for bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, etc. They consist of a frame and a hollow, imitation-wood doors that you buy from wholesalers or home improvement stores, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s for new home construction or home-renovation projects. Composite wood is a low-cost yet durable material that is made from a mixture of wood fiber, straw, and plastic, held together with a binding agent such as resin. The core is then covered with a laminate, or “doorskin” that is formed to give the appearance of natural wood.
The Specific Complaint
The class action lawsuit alleges that as least since 2012, Mansonite colluded with Jeld-Wen to push smaller competitors out of the market, thereby creating an illegal monopoly for molded interior doors. According to the complaint, Masonite “announced in 2014 it would no longer sell doorskins to other [smaller] door manufacturers.”
During this period, Jeld-Wen allegedly started the production of lower-cost doors while at the same time, raised its prices. The lead plaintiff claims that the two manufacturers agreed to a price-fixing scheme, allowing them to charge unreasonably high prices for their products without having to worry about competitors.
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If you purchased an interior molded door and/or doorskin at anytime October 2012 to the present or if you purchased the doors from a retailer, you may have been the victim of an antitrust price-fixing conspiracy. Legal help is available.
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