Essex gas stations have agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve claims that they fixed the price of gas in the area between 2012 and 2015.
The settlement benefits individuals and businesses who owned or leased at least one eligible vehicle (validly registered motorcycle, three wheel vehicle, car truck or van), lived in Chittenden, Franklin or Grand Isle counties, and purchased gasoline from certain gas stations between April 1, 2012 and June 22, 2015. A full list of gas stations is available in the “Who’s Eligible” section below.
Plaintiffs claimed that R.L. Vallee Inc., S.B. Collins Inc., Wesco Inc., and Champlain Oil Company Inc. conspired together to artificially fix the prices of fuel in the Essex area. The class action filed in June 2015 claimed this conspiracy violated Vermont state consumer protection laws.
The involved Essex gas stations have not admitted any wrongdoing but have agreed to resolve the claims against them with a $1.5 million settlement.
“Defendants maintain that they have acted completely independently of each other, are competitors in the sale of gasoline, have not conspired in any way, have set gas prices fairly based on existing market forces, and did not violate any laws,” the Essex gas stations class action settlement notes.
Under the settlement, Class Members can collect a share of the net settlement fund based on the number of gallons purchased.
Without proof of purchase, individuals will be presumed to have purchased 500 gallons of gas. With proof of purchase or credit card statements, individuals and businesses may be able to collect a higher share of the settlement fund.
In order to benefit from the Essex gas stations settlement, Class Members must submit a valid claim form by March 26, 2020. The deadline for exclusion and objection is also March 26, 2020. The final approval hearing for the settlement is scheduled for May 11, 2020.
Individuals and businesses who, between April 1, 2012 and June 22, 2015, owned or leased at least one eligible vehicle (validly registered motorcycle, three wheel vehicle, car truck or van), lived in Chittenden, Franklin or Grand Isle counties, and purchased gasoline from the following gas stations:
- Champlain Farms at Jericho Road
- Champlain Farms at Pearl Street
- Dave’s Service Center
- Essex Center Maverick
- Essex Colonial Mart
- Essex Discount Beverage
- Fairground Beverage
- Go Go Gas: Essex Junction
- Maplefields at Essex
- River Road Beverage & Redemption
- Simon’s 2A
- Simon’s 5 Corners
- Simon’s Essex Center
A proportional share of the net settlement fund based on the number of gallons purchased.
Proof of Purchase
Credit card statements and other proof of purchase may entitle consumers to higher payments.
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
Kent, et al. v. R.L. Vallee Inc., et al., Case No. 617-6-15-CNCV, in the Vermont Superior Court for the Civil Division of Chittenden Unit
VT Fuel Settlement Administrator
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PO Box 91130
Seattle, WA 98111
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