Marathon Gas Gouging Suit Advances

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Marathon Gas Gouging Suit Advances

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A lawsuit filed against Marathon Oil Corp., seeking $89 million in damages, has advanced in the Franklin Circuit Court, local television station WYMT reported.

The suit, filed by the state's Attorney General, Greg Stumbo, in May, is being presided over by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Tom Wingate, who yesterday called for an Agreed Order requiring the oil company to answer outstanding discovery requests by Nov. 19, the report stated.

"The judge is moving us closer to our day in court, when we will ask a jury to say whether Marathon's pricing was grossly excessive as America weathered hurricanes and turmoil," Stumbo told the station. "This is the very reason that the price-gouging law was enacted, and my Office of Consumer Protection will see that it protects all Kentuckians from predatory oil pricing."

Attorney General Greg Stumbo filed the suit, which claims Marathon Oil Corp. and its divisions, Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC and Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, were profiteering during the time of emergency after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, according to the report.