AG Warns Gas Stations Against Gouging Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
Michigan drivers heading into Labor Day Weekend are cautioned by the attorney general to be savvy consumers and be aware of potential fluctuating gas prices noting that consumers can save money by shopping for the best prices. Retailers are also warned against any attempt at taking advantage of Michigan consumers by gas gouging.
“Michigan consumers should not be taken advantage of during any time of year, but especially not during their last unofficial weekend of summer” said Attorney General Bill Schuette in a press release.
Under Michigan’s 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.” Anti-trust laws also prohibit gas stations from entering into agreements to arbitrarily fix prices in unison.
If consumers become aware of direct evidence of a conspiracy between companies, or have verifiable evidence of a retailer charging a price “grossly in excess of the price at which similar property of services are sold,” they are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or file a complaint online at michigan.gov/ag.
Source: State of Michigan Attorney General