Attorney General Bill Schuette Warns Gas Stations Against Gouging

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Michigan Attorney General-elect Bill Schuette speaks in Detroit on election night. The Supreme Court is broadening its examination of affirmative action by adding a case about Michigan's effort to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The court on Monday said it would add the Michigan case, which focuses on the 6-year-old voter-approved prohibition on affirmative action and the appeals court ruling that overturned the ban. The new case will be argued in the fall. A decision in the Texas case is expected by late June. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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LANSING – A Michigan experiences a spike in gas prices that have led to Michigan drivers having to pay some of the highest prices in the nation, Attorney General Bill Schuette warned gas retailers that any attempt to take advantage of consumers by price gouging or fixing, would not be tolerated.

“Michigan consumers are struggling with rising costs just as summer vacations are getting underway, making it hard on family budgets,” said Schuette. “We will not tolerate unscrupulous behavior that violates Michigan law when it comes to gouging and price fixing. Gas retailers are warned: we are watching and will not hesitate to take action if you hurt consumers and break Michigan law.”

The Attorney General's office monitors the balance of wholesale and retail gas prices and profit margins around Michigan. The office also accepts complaints about individual stations into its Consumer Protection Division, and investigates any incidents that have evidence that state law has been violated.

If consumers are made aware of direct evidence of a conspiracy between companies or have evidence that can be verified of a retailer charging grossly excessive prices they are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or file an online complaint.

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