Lawsuit Claims Ferrellgas Shortchanged Customers

Friday, June 12, 2009

A lawsuit against Ferrellgas Partners LP alleged that the propane company shortchanged customers who bought 20-pound propane tanks by not filling them up all the way but keeping prices the same.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status and was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court of Kansas. The suit contends that Overland Park-based Ferrellgas (NYSE: FGP) sold 20-pound propane tanks, the type customers normally use for barbecue grills, but that the containers actually held 15-pounds.

The tanks in question normally hold 17 to 18 pounds of propane as a precaution against expanding gas, but the company started selling the tanks with 15 pounds of gas after 2008, according to the lawsuit.

Because the price of the tanks did not change and Ferrellgas did not say that the amount of gas was less, California resident Jeremy Drucker claimed unjust enrichment by Ferrellgas in his lawsuit.

The plaintiff, who is represented by Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, seeks at least $5 million.

A spokesman for Ferrellgas was not immediately available for comment.

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