Reformulated Gasoline Settlement Fund
For Grants to Achieve Fuel or Air Emissions Benefits for California Consumers
The deadline for grant applications was May 3, 2010. Applications are no longer being accepted.
On November 24, 2008, the Honorable Christina A. Snyder of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an Order of Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and an Order appointing Harry Snyder and Carl Oshiro Cy Pres Grants Administrators in a class action entitled In Re Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Antitrust & Patent Litigation, MDL Case No. 05-1671 CAS (VBKx).
The lawsuit concerned reformulated gasoline that complies with low emissions standards set by the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”). The class action claimed that Unocal successfully convinced CARB to adopt its proprietary formula for this gasoline. It also claimed Unocal did not tell CARB that it intended to charge competing oil companies royalties for using its gasoline formula, contrary to CARB’s policies. As a result, the lawsuit claimed that prices increased for CARB-compliant summertime reformulated gasoline sold by all gasoline companies as a result of Unocal’s conduct. Unocal denies all the claims or that the price of gasoline increased as a result of its conduct.
As Grants Administrators we prepared and issued a Notice of Funds Availability and Request for Proposal from eligible nonprofit charitable organizations for grants to improve air quality in California. Priority was given to projects focused on replacing high emissions vehicles and creating programs to improve air quality or fuel efficiency.