GENERAL UPDATE: THE COURT GRANTED FINAL APPROVAL OF THE SETTLEMENT ON JUNE 16, 2020. PAYMENTS WERE MAILED OUT TO ELIGIBLE CLASS MEMBERS ON AUGUST 26, 2020.
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.