Natural Gas Antitrust Settlements

In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litigation
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
Case No. 2:03-cv-01431-RCJ-PAL, 2:06-cv-00233-RCJ-PAL, 2:07-cv-00987-RCJ-PAL

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Settlements have been reached with certain defendants in a series of class action lawsuits brought on behalf of certain commercial and industrial purchasers of natural gas for their own use or consumption in Kansas and Missouri during the period from January 1, 2000 to October 31, 2002.

The lawsuits allege that Defendants El Paso Corporation (n/k/a El Paso LLC) and El Paso Merchant Energy,L.P. (n/k/a El Paso Marketing Company, L.L.C.) and CMS Energy Corporation, CMS Energy Resources Management Company (f/k/a CMS Marketing, Services and Trading Company), and CMS Field Services, Inc. engaged in an unlawful agreement or conspiracy to manipulate the prices of natural gas during the period from January 1, 2000 to October 31, 2002. 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 Kansas or Missouri 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 purchasers paid more for natural gas than they would have absent the conspiracy. Defendants deny Plaintiffs’ claims.

A Settlement has also been reached with GenOn Energy, Inc. (f/k/a Reliant Energy, Inc.) and Reliant Energy Services, Inc. in conjunction with bankruptcy proceedings in In re GenOn Energy, Inc., Case No. 1733695 (DRJ), pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court”) and ongoing litigation in In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 2:03-1431-RCJ-PAL, pending in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada (the “MDL Court”). The Bankruptcy Court has approved the settlement, and the settlement will be effective once the MDL Court enters a dismissal order as to Reliant Energy Services, Inc.

Claims for payment under the terms of these settlements are now being accepted. CLAIM FORMS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR SUBMITTED ONLINE NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 14, 2018.

Your legal rights may be affected whether you act or don't act. The Short Form Notices include information on the settlements and the lawsuits. Please read the entire Short Form Notices carefully.

These rights and options—and deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Short Form Notices and on this website.

To learn more about the terms of the settlement, your options, and how your legal rights may be affected, you should view the Settlement Documents and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions provided on this website.