Gas Price Gouging Investigation Leads To Lawsuits

Kentucky officials have sued Marathon Petroleum Company Thursday, accusing the fuel supplier of violating state price gouging laws in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Attorney General Greg Stumbo claims Marathon overcharged Kentucky residents 86 million dollars and that Speedway and SuperAmerica stores overcharged an additional three million.

Stumbo said the worst thing about the massive overcharging for gasoline is that it took place during a grave national emergency.

Marathon is Kentucky's largest wholesale supplier of gasoline.

The lawsuit was filed in Franklin County circuit court Thursday and follows an 18-month probe by investigators from the attorney general's office.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by dottie Location: kentucky on May 16, 2007 at 07:54 PM
    I think this is a good thing. The gas prices needs to be lowered and I hope people will win this case and get the gas prices lowered. thank you
  • by just a looker Location: London on May 14, 2007 at 08:05 PM
    It's surprised me but the day i read about the lawsuit I went to town that morning and the gas was 3.06 at speedway I came back home then i went back out that evening while i was at home i read the paper about the lawsuit surprisingly while i went back out that evening the gas dropped back down to 2.88 which is lower then gas city. and Gas City was the lowest around london... Hmmm wonder why it dropped so fast?
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on May 12, 2007 at 08:40 AM
    Sure do Zeke; I'm still paying premium price for Lipitor when is should have come down in price. I'm sure the research costs have already been taken care of by the outrageous price we pay for it. Note to concerned citizen; Boycotting gas on the 15th will not help. You will still need to buy gas a day or two later and you'll end up buying more so they still gotchya.
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on May 11, 2007 at 01:35 PM
    Right again, great minds do really think alike, Voice of Reason. They also seem to be supported by the drug companies, you don`t think they might have a dab of that stock too do you?
  • by Anonymous Location: olive hill,ky on May 11, 2007 at 12:30 PM
    If the Marathon, Speedway,
  • by Concerned citizen Location: Winchester on May 11, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    I keep receiving emails asking everyone not to buy gas on the 15th of May. If everyone would do that it would maybe give those oil tycoons something to think about. I for one will not buy gas on the 15th. Come on everyone band together and we can do something about these high gas prices. Hit them where it hurts the worst.....in the pocketbook. That's what they are doing to us! DON'T BUY ANY GAS ON THE 15TH OF MAY!
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY. BB Location: LEX on May 11, 2007 at 09:48 AM
    REALLY!?WE'VE BEEN GOUGED FOR ALONG TIME.YES I'M GREATFUL THE AG OFFICE IS SPEAKING UP.MY PROBLEM IS THAT STUMBO IS DOING THIS NOW BECAUSE OF THE UP COMING ELECTION.THERE SHOULD BE A LAW PROHIBITING OFFICALS WHO ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET ADDED EXPOSURE(GRANDSTANDING).THE PERSON UNDER HIM SHOULD BE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.IT'S NOT FAIR TO ALL OF THE CANDIDATES.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    I'm glad that this lawsuite was filed however, I'm skeptical as to how WE will be compensated. State officials and the judge in the case can not possible award compensation to every citizen, business owner, school district, etc. Only two companies were named in the suit however, we all know that that there are alot more out there who've stuck it us. I say put the money awarded into bettering our school districts, given raises to the teachers, and help local communities who are struggling with their budgets! Richmond city council is looking for more money to pay our police officer's a fair wage!
  • by C.H. Location: Carter Co. on May 11, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    What's there excuse now????? Prices are still going up and up with know end in site.
  • by wilhemakeit Location: Lexington on May 11, 2007 at 06:16 AM
    I question is - "Who gets the MONEY?" Certainly not the consumer! How does this help to lower the price of gasoline? In the long run, if the gasoline companies pay, they will just pass the cost on to the consumer again. The consumer is also paying taxes to pay for the salaries of the AG and his staff. Any appeals and other suits will need to be paid for also. Kentucky and other states need to set a price CAP ot repeal the entitlement taxes aready in place. This will never happen as the State is making TOO much off the HIGH prices. Get the word out - NO HIGHER PRICES!
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