A settlement has been reached in a consumer fraud class action lawsuit (In re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL) that is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The lawsuit alleged that Blue Rhino, together with certain competitors, reduced the amount of propane gas in the cylinders it sold to its customers without disclosing the reduced fill to its customers and by misrepresenting or failing to disclose the actual fill of the cylinders to its customers.
The lawsuit sought to recover the money that customers were allegedly overcharged due to Blue Rhino’s conduct. If the settlement is not approved by the Court, Blue Rhino will argue, among other things, that the case should not be a class action. The named Plaintiffs settled with Blue Rhino on behalf of all Blue Rhino tank exchange customers. Blue Rhino has made a commitment regarding its sales and marketing practices, and agreed to pay Class Members who make valid and timely claims according to a formula described in the Settlement Agreement. You are a Class Member if you purchased or exchanged one or more pre-filled Blue Rhino propane gas cylinders in the U.S. between June 15, 2005 and October 11, 2011 and did not resell the cylinder.
To participate in the proposed Settlement Fund, a person must submit a timely Claim Form to the Claims Administrator. Claim Forms must be postmarked or sent by email no later than May 23, 2012. Persons staying in the class may object or comment on the Settlement. To be excluded from the proposed Settlement, a person must submit a written request for exclusion to the Claims Administrator postmarked no later than January 9, 2012. Objection must be filed no later than January 10, 2012 with the Court.