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BP Announces Massive Gas Recall in the Face of Class Action Lawsuits

BP Announces Massive Gas Recall in the Face of Class Action Lawsuits

 

With national gas prices reaching an average of $3.75 for regular and $4.04 for premium, Americans would certainly favor any relief that they can get at the pump. So imagine the surprise felt by thousands of people who recently filled up their tanks only to learn that the gas they had pumped into their cars was “bad.” Most drivers probably aren’t even familiar with the term “bad” gasoline, so they certainly wouldn’t expect to deal with it from supposedly high-quality gas at their local station.

But that is exactly what happened in at least three states, as BP has announced the recall of more than 2.1 million gallons of gas due to increased levels of a polymer residue, according to the Associated Press. Through this week, BP has received more than 6,500 complaints of engine damage and repair costs from consumers, and at least two lawsuits have already been filed against the oil giant. The AP reports that the lead plaintiffs in each case have provided evidence of at least $1,000 in repair bills each, and as BP begins to submit reimbursements for these repairs, it is believed that it could develop into a class action lawsuit.

The Dangers of Bad Gasoline

Our automobiles’ engines operate smoothly when they have a combination of high-quality gasoline and air, but they react poorly and can face significant damage when they receive bad gasoline like that which was being sold at the BP stations in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Engine damage from poor-quality gas can lead to a variety of serious issues, including a constant knocking sound (known as “pinging”) or a rattling after the car has been turned off that gives the false impression that the car is still running.

Additionally, when a person is operating a vehicle and depends on it for everyday use, bad gasoline can cause dangerous engine stalls that could put the driver and passengers at serious risk. Decreased engine power can lead to poor performance and the car may not start or, even worse, it can stall out while the driver is operating the vehicle at high speeds.

The Real Cost of Bad Gasoline

Drivers in Illinois and Wisconsin – two of the three states that have been affected thus far by the poor-quality gasoline sold by BP – already face high gas prices as they rank in the Top 10 of the highest average costs in the country. Currently, drivers in these states are paying between $3.86 and $4.28 per gallon, depending on the grade. Having $1,000 in engine repairs tacked on is essentially adding insult to injury.

 

BP Oil Spill Lawsuits Rise As Company Disputes Responsibility

BP Oil Spill Lawsuits Rise As Company Disputes Responsibility

The Obama administration released a statement on Thursday that it is considering asking Congressional lawmakers to pass legislation forcing BP to assume full liability for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and thus compel the company to pay damages to a wide variety of businesses and individuals adversely affected by the environmental disaster.

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BP Oil Spill Could Cause $2 Billion In Damage To Florida

BP Oil Spill Could Cause $2 Billion In Damage To Florida

The BP oil spill is damaging more than just the ecological aspects Gulf of Mexico, as the economies of the Gulf states are suffering, too. An economist from the University of Central Florida in Orlando predicts that this disaster could cost Florida’s economy $2.2 billion. He also estimates that 39,000 jobs will be lost. The reason for this is that tourism has plummeted since the spill. This further prevents the Florida economy from reaching its full potential in an already difficult economy.

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South Florida Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against BP

South Florida Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against BP

Tar patties and tar balls washed up on the Florida Panhandle shoreline recently, indicating that BP PLC’s latest attempt to seal off its ruptured wellhead wasn’t as effective as the company had hoped. The British Broadcasting Company reported that Admiral Thad Allen, the U.S. Coast Guard’s national incident commander, stated approximately 1,000 barrels of a day were currently being captured, but the total flow of leaking oil was approximately 12,000 to 19,000 barrels each day.

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BP Oil Spill Class Action Suit Filed in Birmingham

BP Oil Spill Class Action Suit Filed in Birmingham

The impact of the April 20th Deepwater Horizon explosion continues to reverberate as its resulting oil spill expands across the Southern Gulf. Initial lawsuits were soon filed on behalf of BP and Transocean workers killed or maimed in the explosion. In early May, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Birmingham on behalf of property owners, including a Shelby, Alabama man and a Jefferson County company whose properties in Gulf Shores lie directly in the path of the oncoming slick.

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BP Oil Spill Lawsuits Dismiss Possibility of Delayed Trials

BP Oil Spill Lawsuits Dismiss Possibility of Delayed Trials

U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose of the Federal District of Alabama denied motions brought by defendants BP PLC and Halliburton Energy Services Inc. to stay the time in which to file answers in two cases. Both cases, Bon Secour Fisheries Inc., et al. v. BP and Deupree Outdoor Guide Services Inc. v. BP, involve proposed class actions over economic losses caused by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Oil Spill Lawsuits Continue to Mount Against BP

Oil Spill Lawsuits Continue to Mount Against BP

BP has announced that workers have successfully lowered a steel dome to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico in the first step of cutting off the continuously pumping oil that is the result of the company’s disastrous oil spill that occurred late last month. The steel dome, known as the “top hat”, is expected to be in place over the leak by the end of this week, putting an end to the leak, which has pumped more than 4 million gallons of oil into the ocean, in what is being called the worst oil spill in history.

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BP Oil Spill Leads to Class Action Lawsuit From Small Businesses

BP Oil Spill Leads to Class Action Lawsuit From Small Businesses

The first of many lawsuits has arisen due to the April 20 oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico, after the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform was sunk. Many reports say that oil continues to leak into the Gulf at a rate of over several thousands of gallons every day. Many industries are expected to be affected because of the spill and local businesses along the gulf coast in Texas, Louisiana, and other states are expected to lose money.

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