7th Circuit Denies CITGO’s Motion to Appeal Class Certification

7th Circuit Denies CITGO’s Motion to Appeal Class Certification

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week denied CITGO Petroleum Corp.’s motion to appeal the certification of the former employees’ class action, a move that could lead the gas and energy giant to trial over allegations it underpaid pension plans by more than $31 million.

Circuit Judges Frank H. Easterbrook, David F. Hamilton and John Z. Lee filed the order on July 3, denying CITGO’s motion for appeal under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f). While the panel did not detail its reasons for denying CITGO’s motion, a potential settlement may be on the horizon as U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly for the Northern District of Illinois scheduled a hearing for later this week to discuss the possibility of a settlement between the parties.