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UPDATE: BP settles class-action suit over tainted gasoline

UPDATED Monday, July 1, 2013 --- 3:00 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- BP has agreed to a $7 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit filed last year after the oil giant recalled about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states.

Two Indianapolis law firms sued BP on behalf of thousands of consumers who bought the company's incorrectly formulated gas in August 2012 at more than 575 retail outlets in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio. That gas processed at BP's Whiting refinery resulted in some vehicles experiencing hard starting, stalling and mechanical-component damage.

BP said Monday it has agreed to "compensate consumers with legitimate claims" up to a total of $5 million under the settlement, which a federal judge must approve.

The company also says it won't oppose a request for attorney fees of up to $2 million.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 28, 2012 --- 2:34 p.m.

WHITING, Ind. (AP) -- BP says the size of its gasoline recall is now more than twice as large than previously reported at 4.7 million gallons distributed as far as southwestern Ohio and southern Indiana.

BP spokesman Scott Dean said Wednesday the gasoline was distributed from terminals in Whiting, Indianapolis and suburban Chicago and suburban Milwaukee. One tanker went to a station in Camden, Ohio, about 15 miles southeast of Richmond.

An interactive tool at http://bpresponse.com shows the gasoline refined in Whiting also reached stations as far south as Bloomington and Columbus. Dean previously had said the gas was distributed only in northwestern Indiana and the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Dean says BP has begun processing nearly 10,000 claims from customers whose vehicles were affected, mostly in Indiana and Illinois.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 28, 2012 --- 7:50 a.m.

WHITING, Ind. (AP) -- BP says it has received more than 6,500 claims from customers needing repairs after fueling up with some of the 2.1 million gallons of gasoline recalled in three states over high levels of a polymer residue.

The oil giant says Indiana residents filed more than 4,000 of the claims through Monday, Illinois residents filed about 2,000 and the rest came from residents of Wisconsin and other states.

Spokesman Scott Dean says BP isn't commenting on two lawsuits seeking class-action status in U.S. District Court in Hammond. Each lead plaintiff in the cases filed Friday alleges the recalled gas caused repair bills of nearly $1,000 or more.

Dean says BP has already begun paying claims and expects payments to accelerate as it receives copies of customers' repair receipts.

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Online: http://www.bpresponse.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Friday, August 24, 2012 --- 8:00 a.m.

WHITING, Ind. (AP) -- BP says it has fixed a problem at its Whiting refinery that led to a three-state fuel recall but has temporarily halted selling premium and midgrade gasoline in the Chicago area.

BP spokesman Scott Dean said Thursday the refinery about 20 miles southeast of Chicago has returned to normal production but higher grades won't be sold in the area pending further tests.

He also says fuel from a Milwaukee terminal center that distributed some of the recalled fuel is back within normal specifications.

Dean says BP has heard from more than 10,000 customers possibly needing repairs because of the gas, and the oil company has begun paying claims. He said he didn't know yet the number of claims paid or their dollar value.

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Online: http://www.bpresponse.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 --- 4:00 p.m.

WHITING, Ind. (AP) -- BP estimates about 200 gas stations in northwest Indiana and the Chicago area and another 20 in the Milwaukee area were supplied with 2.1 million gallons of gasoline that has been recalled because it contained residue that can damage cars.

BP said in a release Wednesday it is continuing to contact retailers who may have received tainted gasoline that came from storage facilities in Whiting and Milwaukee.

The Indiana attorney general's office said Wednesday it is opening an investigation to ensure BP responds quickly to consumers' complaints about damaged vehicles. The investigation is in response to consumers calling the attorney general's office looking for claim process information or saying they were having trouble with their vehicles.

BP reports it has been contacted by 7,000 customers concerned about their gasoline purchases.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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