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Steves & Sons files another lawsuit against Jeld-Wen

04.03.2020 − 

Steves & Sons is taking further legal action against Jeld-Wen. On 14 February, Steves & Sons filed another suit with the District Court in Richmond, Virginia, accusing Jeld-Wen of breaking anti-trust law again. The first hearing was scheduled for 3 March.

In the lawsuit, Jeld-Wen is alleged to have regulated doorskin deliveries to Steves & Sons, which are subject to an agreement reached in May 2012, without due cause. This relates to both the amounts and types of doorskins delivered. According to Steves & Sons, this practice has already created a noticeable shortfall of doorskins and limited production over the past three months.

Apart from Masonite Jeld-Wen is the US’s sole doorskin manufacturer at the moment. However, Jeld-Wen turns the majority of the doorskins it makes into finished doors. Back in June 2016, Steves & Sons had already filed a suit relating to Jeld-Wen’s dominant market position following its October 2012 acquisition of the doorskin producer Craftmaster Manufacturing (CMI). Jeld-Wen lost this case in a first-instance case. In a judgement issued on 14 December 2018, the group was ordered to sell the Towanda doorskin manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania. This ruling is currently under appeal.

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