AG issues warning to gas stations after price hike - WNEM TV 5

AG issues warning to gas stations after price hike

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Michigan’s Attorney General is issuing a warning to gas stations against any attempt to take advantage of drivers by price gouging or price fixing.

Attorney General Bill Schuette also sent a letter to BP, the owner of the facility in Indiana experiencing an outage, and other major petroleum companies about needing to be transparent in the case of an outage or unexpected event.

“As Labor Day weekend approaches, the effects of an outage at a major Indiana petroleum refinery, combined with additional factors, means Michigan families are seeing an increase in the price at the pump. These circumstances do not constitute a free pass for gas stations to gouge consumers,” said Schuette.  “We will not tolerate any unscrupulous behavior that violates Michigan law when it comes to gouging and price fixing.”

Earlier this week prices in Mid-Michigan jumped to around $3 a gallon after a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana had to be partially shut down for repair.  

Under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, a retailer may not charge a price that is “grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold.” 

If you become aware of direct evidence concerning a conspiracy between companies, or have verifiable evidence of a retailer charging a price “grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold,” contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or file an online complaint at www.michigan.gov/ag.

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