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Settlement Approved in Ferrellgas Consumer Fraud Class Action

This is a settlement for the lawsuit.

Seattle, WA: United States District Judge Gary A. Fenner has granted preliminary approval to a settlement in a consumer fraud class-action lawsuit against Ferrellgas, which sells propane under the Blue Rhino label, alleging that the company reduced the amount of propane in tanks when energy prices rose and failed to inform customers.

Propane cylinders are used for a wide variety of applications including gas grills, patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, mosquito traps and more.

When energy prices soared in 2008, the price of propane gas increased. The lawsuit alleged that Ferrellgas reduced the amount of propane in the tanks from 17 pounds to 15 pounds, in lieu of raising the price for a full tank. The complaint claimed that Ferrellgas kept consumers in the dark about the switch, leading them to believe they were purchasing a 'full' cylinder despite the reduced product volume.

On Oct. 13, 2011, United States District Judge Gary A. Fenner granted preliminary approval to a settlement in the case. Individuals who purchased a Blue Rhino propane gas cylinder between June 15, 2005, and October 6, 2011, may be eligible to take part in the settlement, but must submit a proof of claim form.

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Published on Jun-11-12


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