Federal Jury Finds no Fault in Kansas Hot Fuels Case
A September 24 jury verdict from the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. ruled that selling fuel that has not been adjusted for its temperature does not constitute deceptive practices and does not violate the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. At issue is whether customers were defrauded when buying fuel that is over 60 degrees. Fuel expands above 60 degrees and consumers argued that they are actually getting less than a gallon of fuel for their purchase price. Twenty-six cases filed across the country were consolidated into the class action suit in order to streamline the process. Presiding Judge Kathryn Vratil must still rule on whether the practice of selling such fuel was unconscionable. Judge Vratil has not stated when she would issue her ruling on that aspect of the case.