Marathon Files Counter-Suit in Federal Court

Marathon Petroleum Company responds to price-gouging allegations in the Commonwealth.

Marathon has filed a counter-suit in federal court asking that Kentucky’s price-gouging law be declared unconstitutional.

On May 10, 2007, Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced an $89 million lawsuit was filed in Franklin Circuit Court after an 18-month probe by investigators.

The suit accuses the fuel supplier of violating state price-gouging laws in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The attorney general claims Marathon overcharged Kentucky residents $86 million and Speedway and Super-America stores overcharged an additional $3 million.

In a press release Marathon’s executive vice-president said the company will vigorously defend itself and believes no law was violated.

The company said the lawsuit was filed because of lack of clarity with the law and interpretation.

Marathon is Kentucky’s largest wholesale supplier of gasoline.

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