MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) — Vermont Attorney General
William H. Sorrell has announced Haskins Gas Service Inc., a Vermont company,
will pay $45,600 to 96 consumers in the state and $15,000 in civil penalties
after allegations of violating state consumer protection laws.
The company allegedly failed to remove propane tanks and
give refunds within state law-required time frames after consumers had
terminated 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.”
To settle the claims, Haskins will make a payment of $475 to
each of the 96 consumers allegedly victimized by the company’s delays.
Additionally, Haskins will need to institute procedures to better comply with
the state’s laws for terminating propane service.