Important Update: Following the hearing on June 17, 2020, the Court granted final approval to the class action settlements. A copy of the Court's Order is available to download from the Important Documents page.
What is this lawsuit about?
The class action lawsuit In re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2567, 14-02567-MD-W-GAF, alleges that defendants Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. and Ferrellgas, L.P. also d/b/a Blue Rhino (collectively, “Ferrellgas”) and AmeriGas Partners, L.P., AmeriGas Propane L.P., AmeriGas Propane, Inc., and UGI Corporation (collectively, “AmeriGas”) violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to inflate the prices of Filled Propane Exchange Tanks by agreeing to reduce the fill levels of their Filled Propane Exchange Tanks and to allocate customers and markets between themselves.
Defendants deny that they violated any antitrust law or engaged in any wrongdoing, and contend that their individual fill level reductions, which occurred in 2008, were lawful steps taken by each company to avoid price increases to customers, driven by escalating costs for propane, diesel, and steel.
Who is included in the Class?
If you purchased or exchanged a previously purchased Filled Propane Exchange Tank for resale, between July 21, 2008 and January 9, 2015, directly from any of the Defendants listed above, you have a right to participate in the Settlements, and you may be entitled to compensation under the Settlements.
Please note that the Settlements do not apply to purchases or exchanges of propane tanks at retail stores, such as for home use.
What does the Settlement provide?
Ferrellgas has settled for $6,250,000 (the “Ferrellgas Settlement”), and AmeriGas has settled for $6,312,500 (the “AmeriGas Settlement”). The Honorable Judge Gary A. Fenner has preliminarily approved these settlements (the “Settlements”). For more information about how the Settlement Funds will be distributed, please see Question 13 in the Notice or on the FAQ page.