LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced July 21 that his office has filed a lawsuit against retail gas station Great Lakes Gas & Mart LLC (Great Lakes) for allegations of repeatedly violating the state’s Weights and Measures Act.
According to Schuette’s office, Great Lakes offered various grades of fuel with both cash and credit card prices, but would display only its lowest price on advertising signs. State law mandates that, if a company can only display one price on its advertising for a certain grade of fuel, it must show the highest price. If a company charges more when consumers pay with credit card than when consumers pay with cash, it must list the credit card price in its advertising.
“When a driver shops for gas, they make their buying decision based on advertised roadside prices,” Schuette said. “The law is clear that when prices differ for the same grade of motor fuel, the highest price should be clearly displayed. Great Lakes continually and repeatedly deceived its customers, and now will be held accountable for that decision.”