Marathon Settles Class-Action Suit Stemming from 2013 Storage Tank Explosion at Detroit Refinery

The Detroit News, January 11, 2018

Marathon Petroleum Co. has reportedly agreed to settle a federal class-action lawsuit stemming from a 2013 storage tank explosion at its 132,000 bpd Detroit Refinery.  Marathon has agreed to pay the two who filed the suit — Anna Widdis and Jason Bastien — $1,000 each and distribute $100 gas gift cards to the first 200 other plaintiffs in the class-action suit. Marathon also agreed to rebuild an above-ground storage tank for $1.4 million and modify another tank for an $650,000 as part of the settlement agreement. In addition, the company will pay $22,000 in attorney fees for class counsel and up to $11,000 for costs and expenses related to the administration of the settlement, notice and claims process.

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