December 17, 2014
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Berger & Montague PC and Susman Godfrey LLP were tapped Monday to represent propane tank purchasers in multidistrict litigation accusing leading tank manufacturers AmeriGas Partners LP and Ferrellgas LP of engaging in a de facto price-fixing scheme by reducing the amount of propane in tanks without changing the price.
The litigation alleges that beginning in 2008 the defendants conspired to reduce the amount of propane they would put in their tanks from 17 to 15 pounds, while keeping prices stable, effectively raising the prices charged by 13% per pound. Plaintiffs further allege that defendants continued to conspire through at least March 2014 and, as a result, Direct Purchasers paid more for propane than they otherwise would have.
In tapping the firms to represent direct purchasers, U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner cited both the fact that Cohen Milstein filed the first direct purchaser complaint in the present case as well as the firm’s ongoing investigation in the matter.