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Motor Fuel Temperature Sales Practices Litigation

Case Summary

Plaintiffs bring class action claims for damages and injunctive relief against motor fuel retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Guam. Plaintiffs claim that because defendants sell motor fuel for a specified price per gallon without disclosing or adjusting for temperature expansion, they are liable under state law theories which include breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer protection. Following a transfer order of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("JPML"), the Court has jurisdiction over consolidated pretrial proceedings in these actions.

All claims against all defendants have either been (1) settled, (2) resolved on the merits, (3) dismissed or (3) transferred back to the transferor court(s).

On April 24, 2012, the Court certified a settlement class and granted final approval to the amended settlement with Costco Wholesale Corporation. See Memorandum And Order (Doc. #4248).

On August 21, 2015, the Court certified settlement classes and granted final approval to 28 settlements. See Memorandum And Order (Doc. #4851).

Class counsel’s motions for attorney’s fees, expenses and class representative incentive awards remain pending. On or before October 2, 2015, class members may file objections to the fee requests. On November 19, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 476, the Court will hold a hearing regarding the fee requests.

Contact Information

Plaintiff's Counsel
George A. Zelcs (co-lead counsel)

Korein Tillery, LLC - Chicago
205 N. Michigan Plaza, Suite 1950
Chicago, IL 60601

Robert A. Horn (lead counsel - chair)

Horn, Aylward & Bandy, LLC
2600 Grand Avenue, Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64108

Thomas Girardi (co-lead counsel)

1126 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90017-1904

Thomas V. Bender (liaison counsel)

Walters Bender Strohbehn & Vaughan, P.C.
2500 City Center Square
1100 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Plaintiff's Executive Committee
Christopher M. Ellis

Bolen Rosinson & Ellis, LLP
202 S. Franklin
Decatur, IL 62521

Defendant's Counsel
Daniel B. Hodes (liaison counsel for non-settling defendants)

Rouse Hendricks German May
1201 Walnut Street, 20th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106

Martin M. Loring (liaison counsel for settling defendants)

Husch Blackwell LLP
4801 Main Street - Ste. 1000
Kansas City, MO 64112

Special Master
Contact Information
Courtroom Deputy for Senior Judge Vratil
Sherry L. Bernhardt

Law Clerks for Chief Magistrate Judge O'Hara
Amy Marie Henson

Susan Ryan Jarrold

Court Reporter
Kim Greiner

Upcoming Hearings
  • Hearing on Fee Motions: November 19, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 476