ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Missouri man alleges the company that owns and operates gas stations at Walmart stores advertises misleading prices for gasoline.
John Taylor, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on May 23 in the St. Louis County Circuit Court against Murphy Oil USA Inc., alleging violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.
The suit states the defendant owns and operates gas stations at Walmart stores, including the station in Fredricktown, Missouri. The plaintiff alleges he purchased gasoline from Fredricktown station on April 10. He alleges the pump that the plaintiff saw advertised two different prices for each type of gasoline: the regular unleaded listed a "discounted price" of $2.339 per gallon and a "price per gallon, all taxes included" of $2.309. He alleges he was charged the higher price.
The plaintiff alleges the defendant's prices are misleading since customers cannot tell what the actual price is and because the discounted price was higher than the full price.
The plaintiff is seeking relief deemed fit, actual damages, court costs and attorneys’ fees. The plaintiff is represented by Robert Schultz of Schultz & Associates LLP in Chesterfield, Missouri.
The case was removed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on June 14.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri case number 4:19-cv-01705-NAB