Welcome to the settlement website for the class action lawsuit known as In re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Antitrust Litigation
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A federal judge preliminarily approved a class action settlement regarding consumer purchases of AmeriGas and Blue Rhino pre-filled propane tanks. AmeriGas has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle claims related to the sale and exchange of these propane gas tanks. The settlement is a compromise of disputed claims and does not mean that AmeriGas did anything wrong.
Your rights are affected by this settlement and you may be eligible to participate in the settlement if you purchased or exchanged one or more pre-filled AmeriGas and/or Blue Rhino propane gas tanks during the Class Period described below.
There are two settlement classes, and you may be a member of one or both:
Indirect Purchaser Settlement Class: this class includes all persons who, between December 1, 2009, and November 30, 2020, in the States of Arizona, California, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or West Virginia, purchased an AmeriGas or Blue Rhino Propane Tank or paid to exchange their already-purchased Propane Tank for an AmeriGas or Blue Rhino Propane Tank, other than a wholesale purchase directly from AmeriGas or Blue Rhino for resale.
Direct Purchaser Settlement Class: this class includes all persons who, between December 1, 2009 and November 30, 2020 in the United States, purchased an AmeriGas or Blue Rhino Propane Tank directly from AmeriGas or Blue Rhino through a vending machine installed at a retailer or other location, or paid AmeriGas or Blue Rhino directly through a vending machine installed at a retailer or other location to exchange an already-purchased Propane Tank for an AmeriGas or Blue Rhino Propane Tank, other than a wholesale purchase for resale.
If you are a Class Member, you will be entitled to recover money as part of the settlement. If you think you may be a Class Member, you may submit a claim form and the Claims Administrator will determine if you are a Class Member and how much money you get.
You do not need to do anything to be a Class Member, but you must submit a claim form to receive any money under the settlement. You are not required to submit proof of purchase, but if you have acceptable documents supporting your eligible claim, you will be paid at a higher rate per tank, as explained in more detail below.
If you do not want to be a Class Member and want to retain any individual right to pursue claims against AmeriGas, you must request exclusion from the settlement.
Subject to there being sufficient amounts in the Net Settlement Fund, for each AmeriGas or Blue Rhino Propane Tank that an eligible Class Member purchased or exchanged during the Class Period directly from an AmeriGas or Blue Rhino vending machine anywhere in the U.S., or indirectly (i.e. from a retailer or seller other than AmeriGas or Blue Rhino) in one of the states included in the Indirect Purchaser Settlement Class, that Class Member shall receive:
A cash distribution of $5.00 for each tank for which the Class Member has provided a Valid Proof of Purchase and that is listed on a valid, timely and sworn Claim Form (a "Category A Claim").
A cash distribution of $2.50 for each tank (up to a total of 50 tanks) the Class Member has listed on a valid, timely, and sworn Claim Form, but for which the Class Member has not provided a Valid Proof of Purchase (a "Category B Claim").
|For Each Purchase and/or
|You Will be Eligible
for a Payment of:
|Maximum Number of Tanks
You Can Claim:
WITH Proof of Purchase
"Category A Claim"
|=>||Up to $5.00 per tank||=>||No Limit|
WITHOUT Proof of Purchase
"Category B Claim"
|=>||Up to $2.50 per tank||=>||Payment of up to fifty (50) tanks, or $125|