Fort Wayne resident Ronna White's sport-utility vehicle has not run right since she filled it up with bad gas from the BP Whiting Refinery last year.
White is afraid to take her SUV onto the highway, which means she can no longer go on fishing trips with her sister. The retiree is living on a fixed income, and cannot afford the hundreds of dollars in repairs that are needed.
She can now file a claim to get a share of a class action lawsuit over tainted gas, which BP recently settled for $7 million. Anyone who had engine trouble or had to make repairs after getting recalled gas from more than 575 stations in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin or Ohio between Aug. 13 and Sept. 7 last year could qualify for a cash payment.
Drivers who previously submitted claims to BP still can file a claim under the settlement. They cannot get paid twice for the same repairs, but can ask for reimbursement for additional expenses, such as mileage costs associated with driving to and from the repair shop.
Law firms from Indianapolis and Chicago filed the class action lawsuit in federal court in Illinois on behalf of four affected drivers. BP had previously paid out $16 million to settle more than 16,800 consumer claims from motorists who had to purge their fuel lines and replace fouled spark plugs.
Under the settlement, affected drivers can ask a court-appointed claims administrator to reimburse them for repairs, the replacement cost of the recalled gasoline, towing costs, lost income, and any alternative transportation they had to take while their car was in the shop. They must provide documentation, such as receipts from the repair shop.
All claim forms must be submitted within 30 days of the effective date of the settlement agreement, which has not yet been set by the court, but which will be in late December at the earliest.
Anyone interested can call (800) 769-5703 or visit www.pricefuelsettlement.com