Propane Cos. Hit With Another Price-Fixing Class Action

By Aaron Vehling (July 22, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT) -- AmeriGas Partners LP and Ferrellgas LP were hit a proposed class action in Kansas federal court Monday for allegedly engaging in a de facto price-fixing scheme by reducing the amount of propane in tanks without changing the price, marking at least the third such suit this month over such claims.

Cefo Enterpise Corp., a hardware store in Ohio, says Ferrellgas, the parent company of Blue Rhino, and AmeriGas agreed to reduce the fill of consumer propane tanks from 17 to 15 gallons, effectively raising the price. The accusation mirrors those levied against the two largest sellers of propane exchange tanks in...

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