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State Charges Medford Gas Station With Price Gouging

USA Petroleum on Route 112 is one of 13 stations accused by the Attorney General.

A Medford gas station is one of the 13 stations facing “enforcement proceedings” under New York’s Price Gouging statute, the State Attorney General said on Thursday.

USA Petroleum on Route 112 was the target of a consumer complaint claiming the station charged $5.50 per gallon of gas, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

"Today's action is the first in a series of steps my office will take as we continue to actively investigate the hundreds of complaints we've received from consumers of businesses preying on victims of Hurricane Sandy,” he said. “We will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."

According to Schneiderman, the 13 gas stations identified are the first of what is expected to be a series of actions taken in a wide-ranging investigation launched in the wake of Hurricane Sandy for price gouging. 

New York’s Price Gouging Law prohibits merchants from taking unfair advantage of consumers by selling goods or services for an "unconscionably excessive price" during an "abnormal disruption of the market." The price gouging law covers State vendors, retailers and suppliers, including but not limited to supermarkets, gas stations, hardware stores, bodegas, delis, and taxi and livery cab drivers.

Gina Brauner November 16, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Contact consumer affairs... Go to Wbli.com to get the phone number... Anything over 4.00...
GRACEVosky November 16, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Stations like this one SHOULD be put out of business! Just remember all the stations that were taking advantage of a bad situation & don't visit them. When that gas sits in their tanks for a couple of weeks, they'll wonder where all the business went! JERKS!
Bill L November 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Sad part is the State won't do anything about it. If they impose a fine the owner will get it from the paying customer reflected in thier prices. Any fine will not make it back to the people that were victims of this greed. The state should come down hard on these greedy owners. Put them out of business for a year and see if that will work.
Cathie Norton Doherty November 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I too am amazed this place has not been shut down for what they sell to minors, with not even a fake id to show. They just dont care. And honeslty as a veteran, I think its disgraceful they hold the name "USA" at all. They have even been reported and fined and still they have a license to sell liquor. Insane.
Davida Karabin November 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I refuse to every get gas there again. Also, once they get fined, for one year they have a certain price that they can not charge over, no matter what they pay for it.

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