Kan. Class Actions Merged In Hot Fuel MDL

Law360, New York (August 23, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has consolidated two class actions accusing ConocoPhillips Co., Shell Oil Co. and others of violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act by selling fuel without disclosing or accounting for temperature expansion.

Judge Kathryn Vratil, who is overseeing the motor fuel temperature sales practices multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, signed an order consolidating the two "Kansas cases" for all purposes on Friday.

The defendants did not oppose merging the cases for discovery or other pretrial purposes, but asked...
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