O’Reilly Obsolete 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Kansas Class Action

A number of cases have been filed on this topic—the sale of 303 tractor hydraulic fluid (THF). The plaintiffs allege this 303 THF is obsolete and no specifications have been available for it for some forty years. Instead, the complaint alleges, the 303 type no longer contains the anti-wear and protective properties expected of a THF. The defendants in this case, accused of selling the 303 THF, are O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, and Omni Specialty Packaging, LLC.

The class for this action is all persons and other entities who bought O’Reilly 303 tractor hydraulic fluid in Kansas, not for resale, between April 18, 2015 and the present.

THF is a multi-functional lubricant that can act as a hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, and gear oil for various types of farming and other equipment. In the 1960s and early 1970s, John Deere made a popular THF called JD-303.

What’s the problem with the current 303 THF? An important ingredient in John Deere’s 303 was sperm whale oil. In the mid-1970s, endangered species laws stopped the use of sperm whale oil in products. This means that specifications no longer exist for 303 THF. Deere and other makers of 303 THF were forced to find new formulations for their products.

Deere used to have a licensing program called Quatrol for THF products. Companies that wanted to make products with the same numbers as Deere products, such as 303 or J20A, were supposed to submit test data, so Deere could make sure they met its specifications.

Deere abandoned the Quatrol program sometime around 1989. Since then, there has been no adequate quality control program for THF. The complaint describes the current market as a “free for all” where no one certifies that oils sold under a particular identity meet its specifications. This is why, the complaint says, 303 products are still sold despite the fact that they clearly do not contain sperm whale oil.

So what do they contain? The complaint alleges that they contain “poor quality base oils, waste oil, line flush, used motor oil and diluted additive packages” in order to keep costs down.

This means that the current 303 THF “not only lacks the required lubricant and protective benefits offered to purchasers, it actually causes purchasers’ equipment to suffer increased wear and damage to the spiral gear, excessive wear in the planetaries, improper and poor shifting, seal leakage, and improper operation of the wet brakes.” Even so, the complaint says, the 303 THF is marketed as if it meets the specifications and needs of modern equipment.

Missouri, Georgia, and North Carolina have all removed 303 THF products from sale.

The complaint alleges negligence and breaches of warranty, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

O’Reilly Obsolete 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Kansas Complaint

April 18, 2019

A number of cases have been filed on this topic—the sale of 303 tractor hydraulic fluid (THF). The plaintiffs allege this 303 THF is obsolete and no specifications have been available for it for some forty years. Instead, the complaint alleges, the 303 type no longer contains the anti-wear and protective properties expected of a THF. The defendants in this case, accused of selling the 303 THF, are O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, and Omni Specialty Packaging, LLC.

O’Reilly Obsolete 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Kansas Complaint

Case Event History

O’Reilly Obsolete 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Kansas Complaint

April 18, 2019

A number of cases have been filed on this topic—the sale of 303 tractor hydraulic fluid (THF). The plaintiffs allege this 303 THF is obsolete and no specifications have been available for it for some forty years. Instead, the complaint alleges, the 303 type no longer contains the anti-wear and protective properties expected of a THF. The defendants in this case, accused of selling the 303 THF, are O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, and Omni Specialty Packaging, LLC.

O’Reilly Obsolete 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Kansas Complaint
Tags: Breach of warranty, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Negligence