Gas Stations Warned Against Gouging

Posted at 7:51 PM, Jun 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-11 19:55:24-04

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette warned retailers today that any attempt to take advantage of consumers by price gouging or price fixing will not be tolerated.

Schuette says “Michigan consumers are struggling with rising costs just as summer vacations are getting underway, making it hard on family budgets.”  He continues to say that “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 Michigan Attorney General’s legal team retail prices and profit margins in the regions around the state all year long.  The office also takes complaints and investigates when there is evidence that state law has been violated for gouging or price fixing.  Over a year ago, Schuette’s office convicted 5 gas station owners for price-fixing.  The Attorney General says he will continue to fight against higher gasoline prices in court when the price increases violate the law. 

Consumers who feel as though there is evidence of gouging are encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-765-8388 or file an online complaint at