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Gas station resists price gouging claim

For the first time, a Virginia gas station has refused to settle a claim by the state that it overcharged customers during a hurricane emergency.

The attorney general’s office today announced it has filed suit against Main Street Citgo in Salem, claiming prices as high as $5.349 for regular in September 2008 were unconscionable.  At the time, Virginia was under a state of emergency as Hurricane Ike threatened refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Seven other fuel stops in Virginia have settled price gouging claims with the state, most paying a few thousand dollars in compensation and legal expenses.  The AG’s office today said two other Roanoke Valley gas stations are among the seven that have made deals to resolve the civil claims.

By Peter Vieth

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