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Alleged Price Gouging at the Pump

  • District of Columbia AG Karl Racine sued gasoline retailer and distributor Capitol Petroleum Group, LLC and related companies (collectively “CPG”) over allegations that CPG illegally price-gouged consumers on gasoline sales during the COVID-19 emergency in violation of the District’s Natural Disaster Consumer Protection Act and Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
  • The complaint alleges that, among other things, CPG price gouged during an emergency and used unfair trade practices by marking up the price of gasoline at its retail gas stations, including, for example, increasing its markup on premium gasoline from nearly 42% before the pandemic to nearly 178% in March 2020.
  • The complaint seeks injunctive relief, restitution, damages, civil penalties, and attorneys’ fees and costs.