Gas Buyers Certified In Calif. Propane Fee Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (August 20, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Monday certified a class of over 113,000 Golden State propane gas buyers in a lawsuit accusing Suburban Propane Gas Corp. of committing unfair business practices by charging them deceptively named fees, saying the consumers' claims share common issues.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle's ruling marked a crucial victory for Suburban customers who say the company tricked them into paying monthly charges by disguising them as government regulatory fees, then kept the money as profit.

"Plaintiffs Rosalie Hamilton and Joseph...
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