NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric
T. Schneiderman announced that his office reached a settlement with Kost Tire
Distributors Inc., an upstate automobile service station company, after
allegations of breaking New York’s Environmental Conservation Law.
Kost Tire allegedly charged consumers an extra $2 fee for
each oil change on their vehicles. The company has done this since at least
Jan. 1, 2012, according to Schneiderman’s office. The Environmental
Conservation Law specifically prohibits such stations from charging fees for
accepting and disposing of used oil.
“Service stations are required to collect and dispose of
used oil free of charge,” Schneiderman said. “By tacking on a $2 fee, consumers
were being charged an inflated price for oil changes under the false pretense
that the fee was required by the government. The agreement announced today will
continue to protect our environment while also protecting consumers across
Upstate New York.”
As disgorgement of the “oil and filter recycling fees,” Kost
Tire agreed to pay the state $181,511.36. Additionally, the company will pay
$93,488.64 in civil penalties.
Assistant Attorney General Michael J. Danaher Jr. of the
Binghamton Regional Office handled the case.