The US FTC settles charges of indirect price-fixing (Blue Rhino / AmeriGas)

Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Agree to Settle FTC Claims of Propane Tank Price-Fixing* On October 31, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” ) agreed to a settlement with Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange, the two leading suppliers of propane exchange tanks, regarding FTC charges that the companies agreed to fix the prices of propane exchange tanks. [1] According to its March 27, 2014 complaint, the FTC alleged that the two companies agreed to reduce the amount of propane in their tanks without implementing a price reduction, which had the effect of raising the price per pound of propane sold. [2] Background In the US, consumers typically use propane exchange tanks for barbecue grills and patio heaters. These steel tanks pre-filled with propane typically are purchased by

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Molly Storey, The US FTC settles charges of indirect price-fixing (Blue Rhino / AmeriGas), 31 October 2014, e-Competitions October 2014, Art. N° 70675

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