A woman from the state of Michigan named Victoria Jean Church-Dellinger had a leased 2008 Pontiac G6 once. Unfortunately, she was late with her payments and had to return the vehicle to its rightful owner who leased it to her. The company that repossessed her car was Ally Financial Inc. The major stake of it was owned by the government of the U.S.
Unfortunately, the car still had a half-full gas tank when it got repossessed. It was calculated that the gas in the tank was worth nearly $30. This fact alone gave grounds for the class action lawsuit for $5 million that followed. The whole argument was based on the fact that the lending company was absolutely obligated to return all the private belongings. Gasoline is considered a mineral if it’s in the ground. If it is extracted it’s considered personal property. The sum of $5 million was calculated based on the number of repossessed cars by the company in a period of 6 years.
In the end, the Church-Dellinger’s case got dismissed by the court.