Exxon, Chevron Face Ethanol Class Action By Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP

BP, Shell, Valero, Tesoro, ConocoPhillips, Tower Energy, PetroDiamond, and

Big West also Named

Ethanol in Their Gasoline Damages Marine Fuel Tanks, Engines



07 Apr, 2008, 01:00 ET from Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP

    LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Major oil companies like
 ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, Valero, and ConocoPhillips are
 manufacturing and selling ethanol blended gasoline that damages marine fuel
 tanks, engines and other components, according to a federal class action
 lawsuit filed today by Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP. PetroDiamond, Tower
 Energy and Big West are also named in the suit.
 
     "The price of gas is bad enough, but selling gasoline that dissolves
 gas tanks is a new low even for the oil companies," said Brian Kabateck,
 Managing Partner of Kabateck Brown Kellner and the lead attorney on the
 case. "The oil companies know this fuel is corrosive, but they're keeping
 consumers in the dark to pump up their profits. The cost to the consumer is
 thousands of dollars in repairs."
 
     ExxonMobil last year recorded the largest profits recorded in U.S.
 history with $40.6 billion. Chevron posted profits of $18.7 billion in
 2007.
 
     Oil companies have long mixed additives into their gasoline as a way to
 boost octane. Methyl tert-butyl ether, commonly known as MTBE, was widely
 used as an octane booster until 2004, when it was banned in many states
 because of environmental concerns. In response, ExxonMobil, Chevron and
 other oil companies selected ethanol as a replacement.
 
     Consumers were never informed about the differences between MTBE and
 ethanol-mixed gasoline, nor were they informed about the disastrous effects
 ethanol has on fiberglass marine fuel tanks.
 
     Fiberglass is widely used in the construction of boat fuel tanks.
 Fiberglass is a combination of individual glass "threads" bound together by
 a resin. Ethanol dissolves this resin, destroying the tank. Moreover, the
 dissolved resin enters the fuel system, causing damage to the engine and
 other components.
 
     Ethanol blended gasoline is particularly harmful in the marine
 environment because of "phase separation." Ethanol attracts water. When
 enough water is absorbed by the ethanol blended gasoline, the ethanol and
 water solution separates from the gasoline (phase separation), with the
 gasoline floating to the top. This results in a layer of water with a
 high-concentration of ethanol at the bottom of the fuel tank.
 
     "The environment pays the price for Exxon and Chevron's deception each
 time a damaged fuel tank leaks gasoline into the water," Kabateck added.
 
     The suit was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of
 California in Los Angeles. McNicholas & McNicholas, The Ball Law Firm and
 Jacobson, Russell, Saltz & Fingerman, LLP are also participating in the
 suit.
 
     The suit seeks to represent a class comprising all owners of boats with
 fiberglass fuel tanks who filled their tanks with ethanol blended gasoline
 from a California retailer. The suit also seeks to represent all persons in
 California who own boats with a fiberglass fuel tank that had to be
 replaced because of damage caused by ethanol blended gasoline bought from a
 California retailer.
 
     Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP is one of the nation's foremost consumer
 law firms. Its clients have won more than $750 million against Google,
 Farmer's Insurance, Eli Lilly and other major corporations. As a
 plaintiff's-only firm, Kabateck Brown Kellner is always on the consumers'
 side.
 
 
 

SOURCE Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP
    LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Major oil companies like
 ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, Valero, and ConocoPhillips are
 manufacturing and selling ethanol blended gasoline that damages marine fuel
 tanks, engines and other components, according to a federal class action
 lawsuit filed today by Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP. PetroDiamond, Tower
 Energy and Big West are also named in the suit.
 
     "The price of gas is bad enough, but selling gasoline that dissolves
 gas tanks is a new low even for the oil companies," said Brian Kabateck,
 Managing Partner of Kabateck Brown Kellner and the lead attorney on the
 case. "The oil companies know this fuel is corrosive, but they're keeping
 consumers in the dark to pump up their profits. The cost to the consumer is
 thousands of dollars in repairs."
 
     ExxonMobil last year recorded the largest profits recorded in U.S.
 history with $40.6 billion. Chevron posted profits of $18.7 billion in
 2007.
 
     Oil companies have long mixed additives into their gasoline as a way to
 boost octane. Methyl tert-butyl ether, commonly known as MTBE, was widely
 used as an octane booster until 2004, when it was banned in many states
 because of environmental concerns. In response, ExxonMobil, Chevron and
 other oil companies selected ethanol as a replacement.
 
     Consumers were never informed about the differences between MTBE and
 ethanol-mixed gasoline, nor were they informed about the disastrous effects
 ethanol has on fiberglass marine fuel tanks.
 
     Fiberglass is widely used in the construction of boat fuel tanks.
 Fiberglass is a combination of individual glass "threads" bound together by
 a resin. Ethanol dissolves this resin, destroying the tank. Moreover, the
 dissolved resin enters the fuel system, causing damage to the engine and
 other components.
 
     Ethanol blended gasoline is particularly harmful in the marine
 environment because of "phase separation." Ethanol attracts water. When
 enough water is absorbed by the ethanol blended gasoline, the ethanol and
 water solution separates from the gasoline (phase separation), with the
 gasoline floating to the top. This results in a layer of water with a
 high-concentration of ethanol at the bottom of the fuel tank.
 
     "The environment pays the price for Exxon and Chevron's deception each
 time a damaged fuel tank leaks gasoline into the water," Kabateck added.
 
     The suit was filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of
 California in Los Angeles. McNicholas & McNicholas, The Ball Law Firm and
 Jacobson, Russell, Saltz & Fingerman, LLP are also participating in the
 suit.
 
     The suit seeks to represent a class comprising all owners of boats with
 fiberglass fuel tanks who filled their tanks with ethanol blended gasoline
 from a California retailer. The suit also seeks to represent all persons in
 California who own boats with a fiberglass fuel tank that had to be
 replaced because of damage caused by ethanol blended gasoline bought from a
 California retailer.
 
     Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP is one of the nation's foremost consumer
 law firms. Its clients have won more than $750 million against Google,
 Farmer's Insurance, Eli Lilly and other major corporations. As a
 plaintiff's-only firm, Kabateck Brown Kellner is always on the consumers'
 side.
 
 
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