MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – Vermont Attorney General Bill
Sorrell announced that Haskins Gas Service Inc. will pay $45,600 to 96 Vermont
consumers and $15,000 in civil penalties to the state due to allegations it
violated consumer protection laws.
According to the state’s charges, Haskins failed to remove
propane tanks and issue refund checks within allotted time frames when dealing
with terminating propane services.
“Vermont consumers who terminate propane service should not
have to experience the kinds of unjustified delays that occurred with Haskins,”
Sorrell said. “Vermont’s propane law has strict time frames to protect
consumers. There is no excuse for propane companies who fail to heed the law.”
In addition to the monetary fines, Haskins has been mandated
to institute procedures that will allow it to comply with Vermont’s time frames
for terminating propane services.