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Murphy USA Inc. customers file suit over allegedly improper charging of sales tax

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2018

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Customers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a retail gas station chain over allegations it improperly charged money from its customers.

Steven Gregory Holt and Robert Enslen, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Dec. 15, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida against Murphy USA Inc. alleging unjust enrichment, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that "when Murphy customers purchase products that are discounted or on sale with Murphy-funded discounts in whole or part during in-store purchases, Murphy charges and purports to collect 'sales tax' on the full price of the item, without application of the portion of the discount that is funded by Murphy to reduce the sales price of the item," according to the suit.

The plaintiffs holds Murphy USA Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to remit improperly charged sales taxes, failed to provide truthful, accurate information regarding discounts and pricing regarding matters and transactions with the scope of its relationship with the customers and failed or refused to correct the system issue.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek an award of damages together with prejudgment interest, plus punitive damages, classes costs and disbursements, litigation expenses, injunctive and declaratory relief, and such other and further relief the court deems just and equitable. They are represented by John R. Dowd Jr. of Dowd Law Firm in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Kenneth J. Grunfeld of Golomb & Honik PC in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida case number 3:17-cv-00911-RV-CJK

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