BP Dispensing Cash to Settle Tainted-Fuel Lawsuit

Motorists have until Sept. 7 to make a claim

CHICAGO -- Motorists who purchased tainted gasoline from BP in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Wisconsin have until Saturday, Sept. 7, to file a claim in a class action settlement.

The tainted gasoline was sold at multiple retail outlets in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and one gas station in Ohio from Aug. 13 through Sept. 7, 2012, causing engine performance and drivability issues for motorists. Some automobiles required repairs.

“If you previously submitted a claim to BP or to another third-party entity, you are still entitled to submit a claim under this settlement,” BP states on the settlement website.

BP agreed to the $7-million settlement in June to resolve lawsuits filed last year after the oil giant recalled about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline from the four Midwestern states, as previously reported in CSP Daily News.

Several law firms had sued BP Products North America Inc. on behalf of thousands of consumers who bought the incorrectly formulated gasoline.

BP said July 1 it had agreed to "compensate consumers with legitimate claims" up to a total of $5 million under the settlement agreement. The company also agreed not to oppose a request for attorney fees of up to $2 million under the proposed settlement.

Individual payouts could range from $50 for the cost of the gasoline to $1,500 to cover the cost of engine repairs.