Kent, et al. v. RL Vallee, Inc., et al.
VT Fuel Settlement
Case No. 617-6-15 Cncv

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GENERAL UPDATE: THE COURT GRANTED FINAL APPROVAL OF THE SETTLEMENT AT THE FINAL APPROVAL HEARING, WHICH OCCURRED ON JUNE 16, 2020.  ANY UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE AS SOON AS THEY ARE RECEIVED.

What is this lawsuit about?

Jacob R. Kent, Anne B. Vera, Thomas R. Mahar, Dawn M. Mahar, David C. Carter, and Barbara Carter (“Plaintiffs”) brought this action against R.L. Vallee, Inc., S.B. Collins, Inc., Wesco, Inc., and Champlain Oil Company, Inc. (“Defendants”) alleging that they agreed to fix the price of gasoline and allocate customers in northwestern Vermont, in violation of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act, 9 V.S.A. § 2451 et. seq. Defendants deny these allegations but agreed to settle to avoid the costs and uncertainties of litigation. The class action lawsuit is titled Kent, et al. v. R.L. Vallee, Inc., et al., Case No. 617-6-15 CNCV.

How do I know if I am a part of the Settlement?

The Settlement Class is defined as:

All persons and businesses who at any time during the period of April 1, 2012 through June 22, 2015 (the “Class Period”): a) owned or leased at least one Qualified On Road Vehicle (which means a gasoline-powered or hybrid on-road vehicle which was validly registered during the Class Period, including without limitation, a motorcycle, three-wheel vehicle, car, truck, or van); b) lived in Chittenden, Franklin or Grand Isle Counties (the “Class Area”); and c) purchased gasoline from any station in the Class Area that any of the Defendants operated or supplied with gasoline during the Class Period.

Your Legal Rights and Options

 

 

Option and Deadline
Description

Submit a Claim Form
by March 26, 2020
(PASSED)

You must complete and submit a Claim Form by March 26, 2020 to receive a payment.

Exclude Yourself
by March 26, 2020
(PASSED)

If you do not wish to participate in the Settlement Agreement, you may exclude yourself from it. If you exclude yourself from the Settlement Agreement, you will not receive a payment and you will not release any claims against the Defendants.

Object
by March 26, 2020
(PASSED)

If you do not exclude yourself, you can file an objection, either on your own or through an attorney, explaining why you think the Court should not approve the Settlement Agreement.

Attend the Final Approval Hearing
June 16, 2020
(PASSED)

Due to COVID-19, the Final Approval Hearing has been rescheduled to June 16, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. ET and will be held by video conference. Any additional updates will be posted to the Settlement Website.  

Do Nothing

If you do nothing, you will not receive a monetary recovery, but you will be bound by all the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

 

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.

Mail

VT Fuel Settlement Administrator
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91130
Seattle, WA 98111