Gas Station Class Denied In Shell JV Fuel Contamination Suit

Law360, New York (September 21, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Thursday denied class certification to gas station franchisees who say they lost business after a Royal Dutch Shell PLC venture learned its fuel was contaminated, claiming the methodology they used to determine class predominance was flawed.

U.S. District Judge Nannette J. Brown ruled that the station franchisees failed to establish that a shutdown ordered by Motiva Enterprises LLC following the discovery of gasoline contamination was the proximate cause of their lost business, and that an expert witness’ methodology purporting to easily...
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