Natural Gas MoKan Antitrust Settlement

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If You are a Commercial or Industrial Entity that Purchased Natural Gas in Missouri or Kansas, Class Action Settlements May Affect You.

You or your company may have purchased natural gas for your own use or consumption in

Missouri or Kansas from January 1, 2000 through October 31, 2002.

The information currently contained on this website is only a summary. You may download a full copy of the Notice by clicking here or file a claim online by clicking here.

Class action lawsuits brought on behalf of certain commercial and industrial purchasers of natural gas for their own use or consumption in Missouri or Kansas during the period from January 1, 2000, to October 31, 2002 (the “Class Period”) are currently pending in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

The lawsuits allege that Defendants (listed below) and Co-Conspirators engaged in an unlawful agreement or conspiracy to manipulate the prices of natural gas during the Class Period. Plaintiffs further claim that certain commercial and industrial purchasers who purchased natural gas other than from utilities or local distribution companies and for their own use or consumption in Missouri or Kansas may recover for the effect that the alleged conspiracy had on the prices of the natural gas they purchased.  Plaintiffs allege that, as result of the unlawful conspiracy, they and other commercial and industrial purchasers paid more for natural gas than they would have absent the conspiracy. Defendants deny Plaintiffs’ claims.

Settlements have been reached with the following Defendants: The Williams Companies, Inc., Williams Merchant Services Company, LLC (f/k/a Williams Merchant Services Company, Inc.), and Williams Gas Marketing, Inc. (f/k/a Williams Power Company, Inc. and Williams Energy Marketing & Trading) (collectively, “Williams”); Vistra Energy Corp. (as successor in interest to Dynegy Illinois Inc. and Dynegy GP Inc.), Dynegy Power Marketing, LLC (as successor in interest to DMT G.P. L.L.C.), and Dynegy Marketing and Trade, L.L.C. (collectively, “Dynegy”); and e prime, Inc. and Xcel Energy, Inc. (collectively, “e prime,” and collectively along with Williams and Dynegy, the “Settling Defendants”).

A third notice was sent for this case on/around May 15, 2019. The first notice involved settlements in Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin with American Electric Power Company, Inc. and certain of its affiliates; Coral Energy Resources, LP and certain of its affiliates; Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and certain of its affiliates; and ONEOK, Inc. and certain of its affiliates. The second notice involved settlements in Missouri  and Kansas with El Paso Corporation and certain of its affiliates; CMS Energy Corporation and certain of its affiliates; and CMS Field Services, Inc. The Court has now approved additional settlements for natural gas purchases in Missouri or Kansas only with Williams, Dynegy, and e prime.

Your legal rights may be affected whether you act or don’t act. The Notice includes information on the settlements and the lawsuits. Please read the entire Notice carefully.

These rights and options—and deadlines to exercise them—are explained below:

File a Claim

If you are a member of the class, you can use a Claim Form to identify the volumes of natural gas you purchased for your own use or consumption in Missouri or Kansas, and identify the entity from which you purchased the natural gas. Please also submit any documentation or other evidence proving the volume of gas purchased. Do not include purchases made directly from utilities or local distribution companies. CLAIM FORMS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR SUBMITTED ONLINE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 6, 2019.

Do Nothing

If you do nothing, provided you did not previously submit a claim with the prior Missouri or Kansas natural gas settlement, you will get no money from the Settlement Fund.  To participate in the Settlement, you must submit a timely and valid claim form by mail or online.  Unless you affirmatively exclude yourself from the Settlement Class you will not be able to sue regarding the legal issues in this Case.  


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