Ind. AG settles with Mr. Lubie

Bryan Cohen May 9, 2011, 3:49am


INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced on Monday that his office has reached a settlement with Hukill Oil for allegedly overcharging customers for oil.

Up to 5,000 customers of Mr. Lubie oil change stations, owned by Hukill Oil, who overpaid for oil may be eligible for refunds. Hukill Oil, located in Seymour, Ind., owns and operates multiple Mr. Lubie oil change stations through southern and central Indiana.

Zoeller alleged that the business over-charged customers for Valvoline brand motor oil when the oil being used was actually less expensive oil.

"It's important that consumers get what they pay for. For businesses to swap out a cheaper product for what was purchased to cut costs is considered a deceptive act under Indiana law," Zoeller said. "Any customer who believes they overpaid for the oil they received at a Mr. Lubie is encouraged to contact my office to submit a refund claim."

Under terms of the agreement, Hukill Oil will pay more than $36,000 in consumer refunds, which satisfied Zoeller's 2008 action seeking restitution for customers who had overpaid. Hukill Oil also agreed to an injunction prohibiting any future violations of Indiana law.

The restitution agreement had been placed on hold pending the conclusion of a class action lawsuit filed by Mr. Lubie customers, which concluded Monday.

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