January 5, 2012

New Costco email "Message Providing Notice of Amended Fuel Temperature Settlement"

On December 24th I got a new letter from Costco about their pending class action lawsuit over fuel temperature.   If you are a Costco customer then you may have also received an email recently with the subject  "Message Providing Notice of Amended Fuel Temperature Settlement".    This is a legitimate email and it is not a scam or anything.   However the email isn't really noteworthy and you can basically ignore it.

I talked about this lawsuit in the past when I wrote Costco Fuel Temperature Class Action Lawsuit : What does it mean?.

The letter starts out like this...


TO:   All persons who, between January 1, 2001 and April 22, 2009, purchased gasoline from Costco at a temperature above 60 degrees Fahrenheit in any one of the following States: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that based on concerns regarding class representation, the Court did not approve the settlement agreement previously entered into between Costco and Plaintiffs on or about April 12, 2009 (the "Original Settlement") in In re Motor Fuel Temperature Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. 07-MD-1840 (United States District Court, District of Kansas). On or about January 3, 2011, the parties entered into an amended settlement agreement (the "Amended Settlement") based on suggestions made by the Court.


For reference I also found a copy of the email posted online at another site.

Then it goes on for a while.    If you skim down you'll see the important detail...

"Except for the class representatives, class members will not receive any payment."

So you are still not getting anything.   Move along folks... nothing to see here.

The purpose of this email is to explain that they split the class action into 21 separate classes for each of the 21 states in question.    Otherwise there really isn't anything new or noteworthy for us.


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