Oil

It’s been nearly 6 years, but consumer and truck driver protection groups have won a landmark settlement in the controversial “hot fuel” legal debate.

In 2006, the Kansas City Star wrote a series of stories about the issue, estimating that hot fuel cost consumers $2.3 billion dollars a year. With today’s fuel prices, that would be as much as $3.5 billion. After the Star’s reports, class-action lawsuits sprouted up against dozens of companies, including oil giants and fuel-station chains.

Three big oil companies BP Products North America Inc., ConocoPhillips Co. and Shell Oil Products US, are choosing to settle.

Find out how much the settlement is and more about this ongoing legal dispute at Trucking Info Online.